Elbow problems? You might suffer from lateral epicondylitis, most commonly known as tennis elbow, which is not a very accurate name considering that most professional tennis players never suffered from this condition. It often occurs to lots of individuals suffering from repetitive stress who do not play tennis.
Tennis elbow is more likely to be viewed as a tendinopathy, which is a condition that can affect any tendon in our body. Some of these tendons are more often affected than others; some examples are the elbow tendons, Achilles tendon or the shoulder’s rotator cuff.
Although a while back physicians declared this to be an inflammatory condition, nowadays researchers have found out that the tendon is changing at a cellular level. As a result, such tendinopathies are considered to be a degenerative illness, caused by stress, aging, genetics, or other activities.
Tennis elbow symptoms are usually characterized by severe and disabling pain on the outer side of the elbow, an area known as lateral epicondyle. The elbow pain can have an immediate trigger, such as an isolated incident (lifting something too heavy) or it can develop over time. Sometimes, when the elbow pain is at its worst, one can find it difficult to even lift a cup of tea at lunch, or enjoy a coffee in the morning.
How do you treat tennis elbow?
To start with, you can eliminate the activities that can aggravate your condition and try physical therapy, though for many this won’t be effective or offer long-lasting results. When these simple and traditional methods are not successful, surgery used to be the next recommendation.
As always though, surgery should be considered as the last resort when other methods have been exhausted. Before rushing into painful surgery that will require a long recovery period, PRP – platelet rich plasma injections may be a better option. During this 15 to 20 minute procedure, physicians inject stem cells, harvested from your own body (bone or fat) into the damaged tendons. For increased accuracy, the injection is done using ultrasound guidance.
Because stem cells are capable of transforming themselves into many kinds of specialized cells, it allows the damaged muscle tendon or ligament to naturally regenerate using the growth factors found in PRP.
With the growth factors injected that are in the PRP, they call in the body’s stem cells to help with further repair. There are many advantages to stem cell therapy with the first being that it is minimally invasive, allowing you to get back to your routine without a lengthy recovery time. There is also little risk involved since using a patient’s own stem cells is unlikely to cause rejection or any type of reaction.
Quick and effective results are the reason why so many prominent athletes have been using stem cell therapy for years to overcome injuries. If you are looking for a safe and proven alternative to surgery, the remarkable regenerative powers of stem cell therapy may be for you.
The leading stem cell clinic in Southern California, TeleHealth, offers PRP therapy along with stem cell injections with bone marrow or fat. All types of tendonitis and ligament injury are treated along with degenerative arthritis. Here is a partial list of conditions treated:
- Tendonitis – Shoulder, Elbow, Hip, Achilles
- Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Tears
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tears
- Ligament Sprains
- Bursitis (e.g. hip)
- Joint Arthritis
- Fractures (e.g. hip)
- Ankle Sprains
- Cartilage Defects
- SI Joint Inflammation or Arthritis
- Facet Syndrome and Back Pain
- Spinal Arthritis
- Hip, Knee, Shoulder Arthritis
- Occipital Neuralgia
- Hair Loss
- Breast Augmentation
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- PRP Facelift
A lot of the time, insurance covers part or all of the treatment. TeleHealth performs an insurance verification to let you know beforehand. Call (888) 885-8675 for more information and scheduling today!