An injury to your elbow can interrupt your routines by filling your life with pain and discomfort. Suddenly, you’re unable to participate in your favorite sports or activities. It’s usually these same activities which are the cause of your elbow pain, playfully nicknamed tennis or golfer’s elbow. Yet elbow injuries are a serious matter, and treatable at the Neurology & Pain Treatment Center at Mayfair. Using prolotherapy, elbow pain may be eliminated to let you get back to your life.
While some patients may try to treat their elbow injuries at home with nothing more than a cold compress, many require professional treatment to end their pain. Prolotherapy uses non-cortisone injections to directly treat injured joints, ligaments and tendons responsible for elbow pain. As an outpatient procedure, you get to experience results right away without the hassle of surgery. Learn more about prolotherapy for elbow injuries and make an appointment with Dr. Neal H. Pollack for a personal consultation.
Common Causes of Elbow Pain
- Overuse during activities
- Sports injury including tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
- Heavy lifting
Symptoms of Elbow Injury
- Ache radiating from the elbow
- Warmth (a potential sign of inflammation)
- Unable to extend arm without pain or discomfort
- Unable to make a fist without pain or discomfort
- Incontinence Issues
Tennis Elbow vs. Golfer’s Elbow
There are many who use the terms “tennis elbow” and golfer’s elbow” interchangeably. While the two have similarities, they are also significantly different. Both are the result of overusing the arm or injury, not necessarily during their respective sports. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) usually occurs on the outside of the elbow while golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the inner arm area.
If reaching or extending your arm causes pain, this is most likely tennis elbow. Pain from grasping or making a fist would be from golfer’s elbow.
Prolotherapy Treatment of Elbow Injuries
Most mild elbow injuries are treatable through physical therapy and rest. For others, surgery might be recommended to treat damaged ligaments. Prolotherapy is another option, offered at the Neurology & Pain Treatment Center. Whether you were injured with repetitive motion, trauma or playing golf or tennis, our prolotherapy treatment option will help you get back to enjoying your favorite sports and activities.
If you injured your elbow or have experienced chronic elbow pain, visit the Neurology & Pain Treatment Center at Mayfair for a personal consultation. You may benefit from elbow prolotherapy treatment.
You Get to Experience Results Right Away
When you have an elbow injury, you have several options for treatment through regenerative injection therapies. Along with prolotherapy, there are stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections available. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) takes blood from the body and separates the platelets from the red and white blood cells. The remaining platelets are inserted back into the body, promoting healing through growth factor release. Stem cell injection therapy involves the use the cells taken from bone marrow in the hip. Stem cells act as new cells to replace the original cells at the point of injury. Both forms of treatment are popularly used in sports medicine. Due to the need to collect blood and stem cells, prolotherapy is more cost effective and efficient than other regenerative therapy options.