Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, lateral elbow pain, archer’s elbow, epitrochlear bursitis and shooter’s elbow, is a common source of pain in the elbow. It refers to the damage in the form of small tears in the lateral part of the elbow where the tendons attach to the bone from outside of the joint. It is common in people over the age of 30.
The elbow joins the ulna and the radius in the forearm with the humerus in the upper arm. At the end of the humerus are the bony bumps known as epicondyles. The one at the lateral side of the elbow is the lateral epicondyle. Lateral epicondylitis occurs when the lateral epicondyle tears, resulting in pain and irritation. Overuse resulting from repetitive motions such as in racquetball, plumbing, squash, fencing, weigh lifting, carpentry, and even knitting and sewing can lead to tennis elbow.
Treatments of tennis elbow
Rest and slight adjustments such as changing the grip size of your and using an elbow strap can help in more mild cases of tennis elbow. But if the pain persists after several months of conservative treatment other treatments should be considered. Many people, after being told by their doctors that steroid injection or surgery would be required, decide to look for other non-surgical procedures such as stem cell therapy. Their instincts have served them well since surgery for tennis elbow should be avoided unless absolutely necessary due to the risk of loss of strength and flexibility, infection, nerve and blood vessel damage and likelihood of revision surgery. Also the temporary relief provided by steroid injections does nothing to heal the tear.
PRP and stem cell therapy for tennis elbow
Many patients with tennis elbow run away from surgery and steroid injections. At Troy Physical Medicine, we offer an effective, non-invasive alternative to steroid injections and surgery. Our procedures treat all the underlying damages that cause the elbow pain. We use stem cell therapy and our advanced form of PRP plus other regenerative procedures.
We will assess your condition and other factors such as your health and age before we decide on the specifics of your procedure. Feel free to contact us to find out if stem cell therapy and PRP is right for you or to learn more about how these procedures have helped people suffering from tennis elbow so you can recommend it to your friends.