We don’t think about our elbows much but we use them every hour of our day-to-day lives. And those of us who engage in sports like golf, tennis or swimming rely on strong and mobile elbows to enjoy those activities. Fortunately, compared to other joints that carry our weight around all day, elbows don’t cause as many of us problems. But when pain, limited range of motion or swelling strike, Physical Medicine of Oklahoma has many pain relief procedures to assist the healing process to return normal function and comfort to a patient.
Simple overuse injuries may respond to physiotherapy treatments available at Physical Medicine of Oklahoma. Cryotherapy (use of intense cold), ultrasound and electrical stimulation all create a beneficial environment for healing to take place. We often add nutritional consultations, lifestyle changes and exercise recommendations to assist healing and return full functionality to elbows—and all the other joints as well.
Chiropractic care helps restore the correct balance and alignment to the body, which can help eliminate stress on elbows. We have another technique called Function Muscle Restoration (FMR) which enables us to free up muscles and restore the correct range of motion to any joints. In the case of sprains, strains, and tendonitis that may be affecting an elbow, FMR has much to offer.
Regenerative Medicine Offers Deep Healing
In some cases, a painful elbow may yield to very simple treatments. But other cases are more stubborn. The cause of swelling or pain may exist deep in the joint, resulting from damage to the bone, tendons or ligaments. We have had much success even with these stubborn situations of elbow pain. We are very pleased to be able to offer our community regenerative medicine to alleviate pain in elbows and many other joints and structures in the body.
We have chosen two of the most intensely healing natural substances to help our patients with elbow pain. They are platelet-rich plasma and mesenchymal stem cells. Both these methods of treatment utilize the most powerful and healing cells the human body creates. Using these natural substances for treatment means that many of our patients can avoid steroid injections and surgery.
In your blood, the smallest and most actively-healing cells are the platelets. For this treatment, we obtain some of our patient’s own blood and create a high concentration of platelets in plasma. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the affected area. This rich infusion of healing cells accelerates cellular repairs and helps reduce inflammation. The use of this treatment to help professional athletes return to the field or court faster has brought it to greater public attention.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Stem cells exist in every person’s body—these cells are essential for healing because of their ability to change into any type of cell needed for a repair or renewal. As we age, however, our own stem cells lose some of their dynamic power. That’s where mesenchymal stem cells come in. These are derived from umbilical cord tissue, obtained after cesarean births with the consent of the mother. Nowhere are there stem cells with greater vigor.
When used to treat painful, damaged elbows, mesenchymal stem cells are highly effective in helping tissues in this area heal to return elbows to normal pain-free function. Please contact us to learn how any of these procedures can put an end to your elbow pain.