Tendinitis is the painful swelling of a tendon. It can manifest in any tendon, but most frequently occurs in those surrounding joints that experience repetitive movement. Indeed, tendinitis is often sports-related, occurring in shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees as a result of chronic overuse. When it settles in the elbow, it’s frequently called “tennis elbow,” and it affects a lot more than a patient’s game. While up to 50% of athletes using over-the-shoulder arm motion experience tennis elbow, the majority of tennis elbow sufferers aren’t actually tennis players! Approximately 95% of patients diagnosed with tennis elbow get it while participating in other activities, most often an occupation (such as plumbing, construction, car maintenance and even cooking) that requires recurring arm movement and weight-bearing activity. It can be extremely painful, but usually improves with time. However, in some cases, damage to the tendon is more extensive (including severe inflammation and/or microtears) that necessitate clinical interventions that extend beyond rest and over-the-counter pain medication. This is when using stem cell treatment for tennis elbow offers great hope.
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What is Stem Cell Treatment for Tennis Elbow?
Stem cells are components of our body’s natural healing processes. In the earliest stages of life, stem cells direct cell differentiation, causing our bodies to develop specific kinds of tissues and organs. But stem cells also exist in adult bodies, helping to regulate cell function and even, sometimes, cell regrowth. It is this type of stem cell, adult (not embryonic) stem cells — that can be used to potentially improve tennis elbow symptoms.
Here at ThriveMD, we harvest adult stem cells from a patient’s own body. Adult stem cells naturally reside within many sources throughout the body, but we believe those found in adipose and bone marrow tissue offer the best therapeutic potential and frequently draw our samples from fat stores in the flank and bone marrow from the iliac crest. We then combine the extracted stem cells with growth factors and other biologics to form a concentrated aspirate. This aspirate is subsequently injected back into the patient at the point of injury (in this case, the elbow).
How Does Stem Cell Treatment for Tennis Elbow Work
Research shows that adult stem cells can be taken from one part of the body and applied to another in order to facilitate natural tissue repair. This is because of the adult stem cell’s inherent ability to differentiate into just the type of cell needed at any particular time and place. Thus, when applied to a point of injury or degeneration, adult stem cells can possibly stimulate the body to reduce inflammation and regenerate cells, accelerating the healing process, offering pain relief and improving your game, as well as your life!
Want to Learn More?
If you would like to learn more about using a stem cell treatment for tennis elbow issues, please contact us. Our clinic has extensive experience using stem cell therapy to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions and can assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis and help you decide on a treatment plan that offers you the best chances for successful pain relief.