If you’re tired of living with elbow pain, our minimally invasive regenerative treatments could help you get back to doing the things you enjoy the most.
Elbow Arthritis is the wearing down of the cartilage, the tough, elastic-like tissue that protects the ends of bones where they fit into your joints. If it thins too much, it can cause extra bone to grow – known as osteophytes or bony spurs – which may affect how well your arm moves.
What treatments does the regenerative clinic offer?
Our renowned medical team provides a range of treatments, from the traditional to the innovative:
This day case treatment is exclusively offered to our patients. It uses the pioneering procedure of Lipogems®, a pioneering procedure that uses your body’s own adipose (fat) cells to treat pain and inflammation. Injections using Lipogems® are minimally invasive and are carried out under ultrasound guidance. Altogether the procedure takes about an hour to perform with a minimal recovery time of around three hours. As well as being a potential alternative to surgery, Lipogems® can also aid post-surgery recovery.
This is an effective and well-researched procedure that’s a potential alternative to surgery. It takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to reduce pain and improve joint function. It uses a specially concentrated dosage of platelets prepared from your own blood to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Patients usually see their symptoms improve in one to two weeks of having the injections. Read more clinical evidence supporting PRP here.
What causes elbow arthritis?
A major one is everyday wear and tear, the normal process of aging. Elbow osteoarthritis is not just confined to people over 50, many in their 20s and 30s also suffer from it. Other potential causes and factors include your family history, as genetics can influence how it develops, and your medical history, with previous injuries or accidents playing a role that can add up over the years. Any other reasons for unusual elbow movement that lead to a ‘grinding’ of the joint, can wear down your cartilage more quickly and cause bone spurs.
What are the symptoms of elbow arthritis?
The symptoms of elbow arthritis vary depending on the level of severity to the condition. In general, your elbow may be:
- Stiff and swollen
- Painful with movement or when pressure is applied
- Quality of life significantly affected
How is elbow arthritis diagnosed?
A detailed medical history and a physical examination are very important, but we also use x-rays – and sometimes an MRI scan – to confirm the diagnosis is down to osteoarthritis and not elbow arthritis. Your discomfort might be due to a rotator cuff tear or a problem with your biceps, one of your upper arm muscles. Our experienced consultant will be able identify the exact source of your pain and provide a tailored treatment plan.
Why have a consultation at the Regenerative Clinic?
Who will my consultation be with?
Your consultation will be with one of our upper limb specialists, Mr. Ali Noorani or Mr. Matthew Smith and will last approximately 30 minutes. You may be asked to attend for an MRI scan, prior to your appointment.
As well as undertaking an examination, our specialists will take details of your medical history and discuss your symptoms. They will also detail all your treatment options and cover their potential benefits and risks.
Our expert team comprises of highly experienced surgeons, sports medicine doctors and physiotherapists who are committed to delivering a high level of care and the correct treatment option so you can quickly get back to moving around.
What is the autologus biological approach and when should it be considered?
Autologous translates as ‘from the same person.’ In brief, it involves using your own cells to encourage healing. The major benefits are that there is no chance of rejection, infection or contamination as you are using cells from your own body rather than a donor.
We offer a range therapies based on this principle which can be considered if traditional treatments including surgery aren’t relieving your pain.
Biological treatments are pioneering procedures and we’re continuously monitoring and recording its effectiveness. Patients undertaking these treatments are asked to complete pre-operative and post-operative questionnaires.
The information obtained from these questionnaires allows us to monitor your progress and it also contributes to our evidence-based database and other global studies on biological treatments. All information gathered is anonymised.