PRP injections for Elbow Pain
Serving Tomball, Spring, Cypress and NW Houston.
Learn how PRP in many cases can be an excellent alternative to steroids or elbow surgery and address the root cause of elbow pain quickly and naturally.
As a complex joint, elbows are essential for numerous sports, activities, and daily tasks, and come into use in countless daily routines. Shaking hands, hugging friends and family, tossing, throwing, and swinging are each accomplished with the help of the elbow joint. However, accomplishing these tasks smoothly and painlessly requires the proper function of numerous components.
Elbow joints are formed between the humerus, ulna, and radius—the three bones making up the upper and lower arm. This joint moves like a hinge, and is able to do so because of the abundant shock-absorbing cartilage, joint capsules, and various tendons and ligaments. In addition to absorbing shock, the cartilage covers the ends of the surrounding bones, preventing friction that can lead to damage for the surrounding tissue. Joint capsules assist with the same task, carrying a special fluid that keeps the joint lubricated to allow ease of movement. Ligaments hold another significant purpose, keeping the joint stabilized, while tendons connect the adjacent bone and muscle. The specific function of each of these components guarantees the overall health and vitality of the joint.
For some, however, an injury or worn joint can cause chronic pain and discomfort that make the simplest tasks seem nearly impossible. Because of the various moving parts, this wear and tear that hinders the functionality of one part can affect the entire joint, causing pain and decreased range of motion. Utilizing platelet-rich plasma to address this wear and tear is gaining recognition for its ability to reverse this process, promoting new tissue growth and repair.
Conditions of the Elbow Joint that Can Cause Pain
Because the elbow joint is involved in so many of our daily activities, the potential for damage is always a possibility. The physically repetitive nature of some of our daily routines, as well as work and sport-related injuries, can overwork or harm the joint, leading to lost or broken tissue that is in need of repair.
Below are some of the most common conditions that affect the elbow joint and that can be treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and other stem cell treatments:
- Tendon Tears
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
- Torn Ligaments
- Elbow fracture
- Elbow Joint Dislocation
- Elbow Sprain
- Elbow Strain
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
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How PRP Can Help with Elbow Pain
Injured joints heal significantly slower due to decreased blood flow to these areas. Injecting platelet-rich plasma directly into the troubled joint pumps the area full of new, healthy cells that can rebuild tissue that has been lost because of various conditions, injury, or wear. A large number of cell-growing proteins present in the injected plasma cause a surge of base stem cells that have the capacity to renew into specialized cells that develop into the tissue cells needed in order to promote healing.
Alternatively, joint injuries and conditions might be treated with various pain medications and corticosteroid shots. Though this approach helps to temporarily relieve pain, it fails at getting to the source of the problem, lacking the ability to create long-term recovery.
In the long run, patients turning to PRP injections experience more relief compared to those that rely solely on anti-pain injections. New tissue is needed to rebuild a damaged joint—these rich plasma treatments give the body what it needs to naturally jump-start this new tissue growth.
Symptoms Associated with Elbow Pain and Injuries
Experiencing pain related to various joint diseases and injuries can take many forms. Below are various symptoms that are often associated with joint-related conditions:
- Limited range of motion
- Difficulty bending your arm
Here at New You Stem Cell Center in Tomball, we commit ourselves to provide a personalized experience for each patient. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, have experienced a joint-related injury, or have been diagnosed with a joint-related disease, come in for a free consultation where we will assess your needs and talk to you about the best treatment options.
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