Tennis and golfers elbow
Despite the names, tennis elbow and golfers elbow are usually a result of everyday activities. Although, we see a significant number of people that have elbow pain due to sporting activities.
You may experience pain in your forearm and in the back of your hand. Symptoms can range from a mild discomfort to severe pain that can be felt even when the joint is not active.
What treatments does Living Room Health Regenerative Treatments offer?
Our renowned medical team provides a range of non-invasive treatments, from the traditional to the innovative. Many of our treatments can be carried out on an outpatient basis, without the need for a hospital stay. In fact, many patients can resume their normal activities within several hours of their visit!
Over a one-day period, this treatment is exclusively offered to our patients. MFAT Injections use a pioneering technology whereby your body’s own adipose (fat) cells are used to treat pain and inflammation. MFAT Injections are minimally invasive due to the guidance of ultrasound. Altogether the procedure takes about an hour to perform with a minimal recovery time. As well as being a potential alternative to surgery, MFAT Injections can also aid post-surgery recovery.
Read Angela’s story who had this treatment in her knees. She is now pain free and her life has changed completely.
BMAC Injections harness the natural healing abilities of your own mesenchymal stem cells, found in the bone marrow, to regenerate and reconstruct the musculoskeletal system by replacing cells and tissues damaged by degenerative diseases or trauma. BMAC Injections treat pain and inflammation by accelerating healing through the assistance of biological growth factors. This minimally invasive, day-case procedure is done under x-ray guidance and has a minimal recovery time. Our innovative BMAC Injections offer an alternative treatment plan to traditional invasive surgery.
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. Treatment is administered via an injection and depending on the injury two to six injections may be required, performed at weekly intervals. Patients usually see their symptoms improve within four to six weeks of having the injections. PRP is a safe treatment option which, because your own blood is used, carries no risk of allergic reaction. Read more clinical evidence supporting PRP here.
Read Eddie’s Story. The British former professional strongman and World’s Strongest Man 2017 winner Eddie Hall recently received PRP Therapy.
This treatment involves a selective filtration of your blood which harnesses Monocytes and their reparative properties for sporting injury and soft tissue damage.
In the degenerated tendons, Monocytes contribute to the repair of the damage by promoting the release of enzymes that help remove the damaged parts and consequently help the formation of a new matrix to promote the healing of the tendon. They perform a similar function in muscle injuries and promote the repair of damaged muscle fibres as a result of injury. There is some evidence to show these cells reduce inflammation in joints and have a beneficial effect in inflammatory forms of arthritis. Read more.
Are you at risk?
Most people at risk of the injury tend to be office or manual workers and it is usually due to the overuse syndrome caused by repeated forceful wrist and finger movements resulting in excessive use of the forearm extensors (for tennis elbow) or the forearm flexors (for golfers elbow). Playing racket sports or golf does increase your risk, although the condition is often a result of prolonged rapid activities like playing the piano or typing.
We do know that smoking, high body mass index (BMI), certain medications, genetics and poor diabetic control play an important role in the presentation of lateral and medial epicondylar tendinopathy.
- 15% of people are likely to experience tennis or golfers elbow
- men and women between the ages of 30 and 50 are more at risk
- it can last for over two years and it can often reoccur
How do we diagnose tennis or golfers elbow?
Are X-rays required?
Treatment of tennis and golfers elbow
Rest, medication and supports
Injections can help with symptoms of tennis/golfers elbow. Injections of local anaesthetic (or local anaesthetic patches) can temporarily help relieve the symptoms.
Steroid injections are not recommended as they have been used too often in the past and there is overwhelming evidence that suggest that they cause significantly more harm than good. In the short term, steroids can reduce the inflammation and pain, however, they don’t aid in the healing process and can further degenerate the tendon leading to long term complications and the prolongation of symptoms
Minimally-invasive regenerative treatments
The use of biologics including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF), are a very effective way of treating tennis elbow when physiotherapy and rehabilitation has failed.
PRP/PRGF concentrates growth factors from your blood and injecting them in the area affected by tennis or golfers elbow helps the healing process. There is overwhelming evidence, supported by randomised control trials, that proves PRP/PRFG is a more effective way of treating tennis and golfers elbow as opposed to the use of steroid injections..
Our Regenerative Clinic treatments effective in treating these conditions, include:
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as autologous conditioned plasma, takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. It can reduce pain, improve joint function and helps you quickly return to normal activities. PRP supports your body’s self-healing processes by using your own cells. Blood is mostly liquid (called plasma) but also contains solid component including red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting blood but they also contain proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing of injuries. With a higher concentration of growth factors than typically found in blood, PRP injections support the restoration of injured tissue and inhibit painful inflammatory processes. This treatment is widely researched and supported in clinical papers. See our PRP evidence section.
Find out more about tennis elbow
Watch Mr. Ali Noorani our upper limb surgeon discuss the benefits of using injections for treatment of tennis elbow.
“PRP has become an increasingly popular treatment option for professional athletes as well as those who have strained their outer elbow tendons”.