Cellular Therapy for Tennis Elbow: What to Expect

Somewhere between 1 and 3% of the population has tennis elbow, making it a fairly common condition. And, although the name includes both “tennis” and “elbow,” you can develop it even if you’ve never seen a tennis racquet, as the pain is caused by the muscles in your forearm. 

At Osteopathic Center for Healing, our providers Neil Spiegel, DO, and Jennifer Gularson, PA-C understand that the pain from an overuse injury such as tennis elbow can disrupt your life. You may not be able to do your job, participate in your hobbies, or even perform normal daily tasks. 

We offer regenerative cellular therapies, which harness your body’s own healing capabilities and are an effective treatment for such injuries. 

Tennis elbow causes

The medical name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis, and it happens when the tendons in your elbow become inflamed. The specific tendons involved attach the muscles of your forearm to the outside of your elbow joint. 

You’re most likely to feel the pain on the outside of your elbow, and it may spread into your forearm, and even your wrist. The inflammation usually happens due to performing the same motion again and again. 

For example, a person who needs to work with screws or bolts often each day may be susceptible. Each time they turn the screwdriver or wrench, they use the muscles of their forearm and put stress on those tendons. Over time, tiny microtears may develop in the tendons leading to inflammation, pain, and an eventual diagnosis of tennis elbow. 

Painting, using a knife, swinging a hammer, and many other common actions can cause tennis elbow, too. The overuse could be related to your work, and many hobbies, such as tennis or cooking, can raise your risk, too. 

Regenerative cellular therapies

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that seeks to use your body’s innate ability to heal, and it’s seen some amazing advances in the last decade or so. It’s been used during surgeries to help repair tendon injuries for many years, and there’s now a process for using it to speed the healing of overuse injuries. 

Your body contains many different types of cells with all sorts of specialized jobs. You also have cells that are designed to become the kind of cell your body needs. 

For example, if you get a paper cut, your body responds with a natural healing response. Some cells cause your blood to clot, and others help the skin knit back together. When you have regenerative cellular therapy, we nudge this process into action precisely where you need it. 

What to expect

First, we draw a small amount of your blood so that we can separate out the cells that can help you heal. Then we inject those cells precisely where you need them. If you have tennis elbow, we inject the cells into your inflamed tendons. 

Because it takes some time for your body to repair itself, you don’t feel immediate relief. Instead, you may need to wait about three weeks before you notice changes. You’re likely to continue seeing improvements for the next six months or so. 

Everyone is different, and regenerative cellular therapy may or may not be the most appropriate treatment for you. The best way to find out if it’s an option is to schedule an appointment. Our providers are happy to answer your questions and discuss your specific situation. 

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