You don’t have to play golf to develop golfer’s elbow, which results from repetitive motion that damages the tendons in your forearm leading to pain and inflammation. If you’re experiencing elbow pain, Paul Tortland, DO, and Jeffrey LaVallee, MD, at New England Stem Cell Institute, can determine if it’s golfer’s elbow and provide the most appropriate treatment to reduce your discomfort. For an evaluation, call the office in Glastonbury, Connecticut, or request an appointment online.
Golfer’s elbow, medically referred to as medial epicondylitis, is a form of chronic tendinitis that affects the tendons in your hands and wrists and causes pain at the bony part of your elbow. While associated with golfers, any repetitive motion like those required for racket sports or construction work can stress the muscles and tendons in your hands and/or wrist and lead to chronic tendinitis.
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow typically include pain and tenderness over the joint of the elbow. You can also experience pain and weakness when you try to grab something or while doing various tasks, or you could feel numbness and tingling that radiates into your fingers.
The team at New England Stem Cell Institute does thorough exams when you come to the office with elbow pain. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and examines your elbow. To confirm or rule out golfer’s elbow, the team will often recommend an ultrasound.
The team could also recommend an X-ray to rule out a fracture as the underlying cause of your elbow pain.
The team at New England Stem Cell Institute takes a conservative approach at first to the management of golfer’s elbow. Your treatment can include physical therapy and changes to your daily activities. The team might also recommend an elbow brace to reduce your symptoms, but the brace won’t support the healing process.
If you fail to get relief from your elbow pain after conservative treatments like these, the team at New England Stem Cell Institute could then suggest regenerative medicine procedures like:
During prolotherapy, the team injects a special solution consisting of dextrose and Novocaine™ into your elbow to stimulate your body’s natural repair process.
PRP is a blood product the team creates from your own blood. It contains your body’s natural healing properties, including platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells. Like prolotherapy, PRP is injected into your elbow to accelerate the healing.
In some cases, prolotherapy can be combined with PRP to improve your golfer’s elbow.
Golfer’s elbow can do more than keep you from playing your favorite sport. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call New England Stem Cell Institute or request an appointment online today.