Inner elbow pain. Medial epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow. Whatever you call it – it’s highly debilitating and disruptive. Of course, playing too much golf or tennis will hasten the development of medial epicondylitis – but you don’t have to be a golfer, or even an athlete to suffer from it. You just have to make repetitive motions with your forearm. Even shaking hands or pouring juice can irritate your elbow.
First, tenderness on the inside of the elbow radiates down your arm. It may become so chronic that touching your elbow is painful. Finally, it can cause wrist or hand weakness, finger tingling, numbness, or pain when you’re trying to grip something.
So, what do you do if you want to avoid the risks, costs and down time of surgery? Cortisone injections, while potentially beneficial in the short term, have negative side effects and may even predispose the tendon to more tearing if too many shots are injected.
That’s why Dr. Truong and her regenerative medicine team at Truong Rehabilitation Center use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) – the regeneration of your tissue via your own blood platelets. For over a decade they’ve been using this natural, non- invasive procedure to regenerate elbows for patients whose repetitive motions have taken a toll.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Truong will rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms such as ulnar neuritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar collateral ligament injury or even lacertus syndrome.
Then, she’ll perform the golfers elbow test: pain and weakness with resisted wrist flexion and forearm pronation are common signs of golfer’s elbow.
Next, Dr. Truong will extract platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood sample by spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the white and red blood cells from the platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors like:
Growth factor concentration can be up to ten times greater than that of regular blood, so your PRP may stimulate soft tissue and blood vessel regeneration.
After about 6-7 weeks you’ll start feeling the effects, which may last up to 2 years. As with all medical procedures, your results will vary depending on your age, the severity of your condition, genetics, general health, and environmental conditions.
PRP is our #1 choice because it’s:
As with any injection, some slight swelling, pain, bruising or soreness may occur. If you experience any rare serious side effects call Dr. Truong or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Be sure to discuss your medical history and any medications you’re taking with Dr. Truong during your consultation. Having HIV/AIDS, hepatitis or cancer may preclude you from PRP Therapy.
Don’t let elbow pain disrupt your function and your lifestyle. Forget the golfer’s elbow exercises. Discover how this innovative technology can revive your elbow naturally and efficiently. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Truong by calling (540) 374-3164, or contact Dr. Truong here.