If you or someone you know is suffering from mild to severe pain of the elbow, completing day-to-day tasks can be an uncomfortable experience. The Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine offers cutting-edge stem cell therapy as an alternative to undesirable and invasive surgery. We specialize in providing highly advanced treatment to remedy a wide range of conditions which regularly affect the elbow. As opposed to undergoing surgery, stem cell therapy is much quicker, more efficient, and removes the need for significant post-therapy rehabilitation – allowing you to get back to the things in life that matter most.
Commonly Treated Elbow Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Elbow injuries and conditions often arise among those who are especially active and take part in regular sport and exercise. Sports which are more commonly affected by elbow issues are golf and tennis. Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are types of tendonitis, both characterized by a sharp pain in the elbow that often radiates into the forearm and wrist. However, these conditions are not just restricted to athletes. While the pain may initially be manageable, if ignored, it can become chronic and difficult to treat.
A good candidate for treatment will be considered individually, with treatment customized to reflect the unique case of each of our patients. We will assess the most appropriate course of action and treat accordingly. With the majority of cases, elbow pain in easily treated, with approximately 80% to 95% of patients having success with nonsurgical treatment. Many patients who receive stem cell injections for elbow pain have long-term, if not permanent, pain relief.
Common elbow conditions and injuries treated using stem cell therapy:
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Elbow Pain
Unlike surgery, which carries certain risks, stem cell therapy is low-risk and allows you to retain your body’s full strength. Our state-of-the-art technology at the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine works with both stem cell and PRP therapies in the most efficient way possible, offering much faster recovery times and minimal pain. Through stem cell therapy, your standard of living can dramatically improve, allowing you to remain active without the unnecessary risks of surgery.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in our bodies that have the unique characteristic to self-renew. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and in turn repair damaged or injured tissue. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we only use your own mesenchymal stem cells, or adult stem cells, to promote healing in the body. We aspirate these cells from your bone marrow found in the pelvis, or iliac crest. We use bone marrow from the iliac crest because research has found that this part of our body contains a very high amount of adult stem cells. When a concentrated source of these adult cells are placed in the proper environment of the body, they are able to differentiate into cells that are a part of the musculoskeletal system, allowing the advancement of healing in bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
The Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Process
Many patients find stem cell therapy to be a pain-free procedure with little to no downtime, post-procedure. Our center uses advanced, state of the art equipment for each and every procedure performed in our office. Before being considered for a regenerative medicine procedure, such as stem cell therapy, you must have a consultation with our team in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. After being approved for the procedure, you will be provided with a list of medication and supplements that should be avoided pre- and post-procedure. There are some medications, such as anti-inflammatories, that may hinder the healing process for stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The procedure is performed in one of our beautiful treatment rooms under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The procedure begins by cleaning and numbing the skin and bone around the pelvis area. A special needle is then inserted into the iliac crest in order to harvest stem cells located in the bone marrow blood. This process of aspiration is usually painless and is carefully done by one of our doctors.
Once the proper amount of bone marrow blood has been obtained, the tube of blood is spun in a high-spinning centrifuge in our facility. The machine concentrates the blood mixture so that the highest amounts of stem cells are separated from other cells. There is no other manipulation to these cells other than the simple process of centrification. This concentrated source of powerful stem cells is then re-injected into the area of pain or injury in order to promote healing in the body.
These procedures are considered minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. We ask patients to expect that the procedure will last 90 minutes.