Do you love tennis but your elbow pain is too much to bear?
Do you love fishing but can’t stand the elbow pain?
You may have a condition known as Tennis Elbow. If the elbow pain has been present for longer than 6 months, then you may have chronic lateral epicondylitis.
Well, New Breakthrough treatments at Carolina Sports and Spine for lateral epicondylitis are proving beneficial to end the suffering of thousands of patients.
What is Lateral Epicondylitis or tennis elbow?
Lateral epicondylitis is a condition that causes pain in the area of the lateral elbow at the origin of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle. The ECRB muscle is activated with wrist extension and hand gripping. The painful condition most commonly arises from repetitive overuse of the muscle which can occur with such maneuvers as an excessively wristy backhand in tennis, gripping a tennis raquet too tight, and sport fishing to name a few. We have also seen the condition in cooks who use knives that are not sharp. These cooks will have to grip their knives much tighter to apply sufficient grip force to cut their meat, fish or vegetables.
The standard conservative treatments for lateral epicondylitis include use of a tennis elbow brace, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, massaging the painful area, stretching and steroid injections. But…
What do you do if these conservative treatments fail?
Before considering surgery or the knife, new breakthroughs in autologous biological therapies are making the need for surgery rare or obsolete. Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new concept in non-operative treatment that is starting to gain a foothold in the treatment of chronic or recalcitrant lateral epicondylitis.
PRP therapies use your own platelets and stem cells to initiate faster healing in injured tissues. Your own blood is drawn and using a centrifuge the platelet and stem cell layers are extracted using special techniques. These platelets and stem cells are then injected into the injured tissues. the platelets initiate the healing cascade to promote new blood vessels and healing in the injected tissues. The results have been remarkable for many patients.
In addition to healing chronic lateral epicondylitis, PRP therapies have shown amazing results in healing sternal incisions after cardiac surgery, repairing injured discs in the lumbar spine, helping patients with erectile dysfunction, promoting collagen synthesis in the aging face.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic tennis elbow, please come see the specialists at Carolina Sports and Spine to see if PRP therapies could make a big difference.