Despite the names, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are a result of everyday activities. Many people who suffer from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow are either manual workers or those who work on keyboards.
With both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, 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.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) occurs when the tendon which joins your forearm muscles to the outside of your elbow thickens and swells or develops small tears. It causes pain and tenderness.
Repetitive gripping activities, especially if they involve using the thumb and first two fingers, may contribute to tennis elbow.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) causes pain and inflammation in the tendons which connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain revolves around a bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm.
Golfer’s elbow is often caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist.
The Regenerative Clinic’s one stop clinic offers a competitive fixed price diagnostics package to ensure a prompt diagnosis, fast and appropriate treatment.
This includes a consultation with an upper limb orthopaedic specialist, an MRI and a X-ray. This will ensure that your condition is diagnosed and that we can commence the correct treatment pathway.
The price of our one stop clinic is £750.
An episode of tennis elbow can last between six months and two years and can be extremely debilitating. As these conditions are caused by overuse, rest can help recovery as can physiotherapy. Regenerative treatments can also be effective in treating these condition, including:
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.