Elbow injuries are commonly referred to using the names tennis and golfer’s elbow. Although this may identify the causes easily, it is not always sports that are the cause of elbow pain.
The elbow joint is where the two bones in the forearm and the upper arm bone come together. Anything interfering with its motion, such as arthritis, tendon or ligament injuries can result in pain preventing you from maintaining an active lifestyle.
Some of the most common elbow injuries and conditions we treat include:
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow: Tendonitis, inflammation, damage or degeneration of the tendons. This is frequently seen in individuals who play repetitive action sports. The repetitive motion is the most common cause of elbow pain, but this issue can occur in those who have never played these sports.
- Osteoarthritis of the elbow: Osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs when the cartilage of the elbow is damaged or becomes worn. Many times, this is simply caused by normal wear and tear that occurs as we age. It can result in swelling, pain and difficulty moving the elbow.
- Osteochondritis dissecans: A joint condition in which bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies due to lack of blood flow. This bone and cartilage can then break loose, causing pain and possibly hindering joint motion.
How they treat it
Conventional treatments for elbow pain will vary depending on the condition or injury that caused it. They usually involve the use of risky drugs to suppress inflammation and mask the pain, temporarily.
How we treat it
At the Regenerative Healing Center, we have successfully treated patients who experience elbow pain for many years, with some of our patients being able to avoid surgery even after a single treatment. We fully evaluate our patients looking at the entire elbow and the surrounding joints and tissue, as well as any other contributing factors. Through treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma and other therapies, we stimulate the body’s natural healing process. We give the body what it needs to heal without surgery, medications or side effects.