Chicago Arthritis’ Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Elbow Injuries, Overuse Conditions, and Arthritis
Our regenerative medicine procedures are the world’s most advanced non-surgical treatments for treating arthritis, overuse conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, and other conditions that cause elbow pain. If you are experiencing elbow pain, our regenerative medicine treatments are likely an excellent treatment option.
In recent years, several studies have shown the effectiveness of PRP injections in treating elbow tendon and ligament issues. In fact, these studies are so decisive that at this point in time, there are very few cases where surgery would be recommended for anything but the most severe elbow injuries.
Commonly Treated Hip Conditions
This is not a complete list, so please contact us or complete the Regenexx Candidate Form if you have questions about whether you or your condition can be treated with these non-surgical procedures.
- Lateral Epicondylitis – Also known as Tennis Elbow
- Medial Epicondylitis – Also known as Golfer’s Elbow
- Nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve)
Regenexx Procedure Safety Data
The information below applies to our safety data on stem cell procedures. Most elbow conditions are treated with platelet rich plasma, which is a far less complex treatment than our stem cell procedure, which requires a bone marrow draw as part of the process (and also includes a platelet rich plasma post-injection).
How Regenerative Medicine Injections Work
Bone Marrow Concentrate Treatments
Elbow pain can prevent you from working, taking care of your family, or exercising to maintain good health. Pain and dysfunction of your elbow may be the result of injuries, overuse, or arthritis. Treatment for elbow problems was once limited to ice and rest, pain medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections; surgery was done in severe cases. Fortunately, advances in medical technology have improved treatments for elbow injuries, overuse, and arthritis. Bone marrow concentrate treatment is perhaps the most innovative new treatments for elbow problems.
Stem cells are a special type of cell that can “differentiate,” or turn into other types of body cells. There are thousands of stem cells already present in your body; when you hurt bone or tissue in your elbow, nearby stem cells rush to the scene to create replacement tissue. The problem is that there are not always enough stem cells in the area to do the job well. What’s worse is that we lose stem cells as we age. Bone marrow concentrate therapy for elbow problems involve taking out some of your bone marrow, concentrating them and injecting them into your elbow, where they go to work repairing damaged tissue.
The elbow is a complex joint, consisting of three bones, muscles, tendons that connect the muscles to the bones, and ligaments that protect and hold the ends of the bones together. Elbow conditions affect these anatomical structures of the elbow to cause pain and dysfunction.
Blood Platelet Treatments
Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine uses the power of platelets or what’s known as PRP injections to heal elbow pain and dysfunction. Platelets clot blood to stop bleeding, of course, but they also contain growth factors that speed healing and stimulate stem cell activities. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection procedures involve gathering platelets from your blood, concentrating them in plasma (the watery portion of blood), and injecting the platelet-rich plasma directly into your elbow. PRP injection for elbow issues is fast, safe and effective. Patients swear by PRP for tennis elbow and other conditions.
PRP injections are regenerative treatments, which mean they boost the body’s own natural healing power. Our procedures provide the body with the stem cells and platelets it needs to heal a variety of elbow conditions.
Common elbow conditions include:
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – an overuse injury resulting from repetitive hand motion, such as swinging a golf club, using a hammer, or throwing a baseball; affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – an overuse injury often experienced by those who play racquet sports, cooks, painters, carpenters and more
Osteoarthritis – a type of arthritis resulting from an elbow injury or wear and tear; the condition wears down and damages connective tissue in the elbow
Injuries – sprains and strains to the elbow joint can cause pain, joint instability, swelling, decreased range of motion