Stem Cell Therapy for Elbows

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Don’t suffer in silence. LA residents with elbow pain come to The Stem Cell Institute of Los Angeles to undergo stem cell therapy for elbow injury and pain. The quick treatment can be performed on mild to severe cases and is minimally invasive, meaning there is no long recovery period. To see if you are a candidate, contact our office today and a member of our staff will gladly help you set up a consultation.

About Stem Cell Therapy for Elbow Pain

Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, climber’s elbow… There are a plethora of names for elbow pain caused by sports, but sports aren’t the only cause of elbow injuries. Trauma, age, and genetics can all play roles in elbow pain and injury. Elbow pain can be very debilitating as arm motion is a staple movement in everyday tasks such as talking on the phone, pulling something towards you, and even waving hello. The expert doctors at The Stem Cell Institute of Los Angeles understand elbow injury and pain is a huge inconvenience. This is why they developed a stem cell treatment just for the elbow to regain mobility and diminish pain.

Elbow Injuries Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an elbow condition in which the outer area of the elbow starts to feel tender or sore. The forearm tendons and muscles can become injured from repetitive strenuous motions again and again or general overuse. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outer portion of the elbow.

Any activity, including playing tennis (which involves repetitive use of the extensor muscles of the forearm) can cause acute or chronic tendinitis in the region of the insertion of these muscles and tendons at the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. This condition is common for laborers like mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, and other workers that use a forceful grip or grasp on tools.

Symptoms may consist of outer part elbow pain or tenderness of the lateral epicondyle. Pain is instigated from gripping, and movements of the wrist, especially wrist extension and lifting/carrying activities. Pain from activities that use wrist muscles, such as holding a cup or lifting anything with the palm down is most notable. Other symptoms may consist of weakness and occasional swelling of the elbow. Tennis elbow diagnosis is determined by clinical symptoms that are discrete and characteristic of this particular injury. The doctor may perform tests such as x-rays, ultrasonography, or MRI.

Golfers’ Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s’ elbow, is tendinosis of the elbow joint that is often caused by the swinging of a golf club. In many ways, golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow. The forearm contains muscles and tendons used for flexing and movement of the digits of the hands, as well as turning of the wrist. The tendons meet and attach to the elbow joint.
In response to trauma or injury, this point of attachment becomes inflamed. The injury and pain are normally caused by tendon stress resulting from continuous grip by the digits and turn of the wrist, which is caused by the use of muscles and tendons on the inner portion of the elbow.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. This occurs when the cartilage that covers the top of the bones, known as articular cartilage, degenerates or wears down. This causes swelling, joint pain, stiffness, and decreased the range of motion. Damage from mechanical stress with insufficient self-repair by joints is believed to be the primary cause of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis most often occurs in people who are over 50. In younger people, osteoarthritis can result from an injury or trauma such as a fractured or dislocated joint. Rarely, osteoarthritis may also be hereditary.

Fractures of the elbow joint region, as well as prolonged excessive mechanical stress utilizing of the upper extremity often result in the development of osteoarthritis about the elbow joint. The diagnosis of elbow osteoarthritis is made with reasonable certainty based on history, clinical examination, and x-ray findings, documenting joint space narrowing, subchondral sclerosis, cyst formation, and possible osteophytes (bone spurs).

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects joints long-term. Symptoms usually present as swollen, painful, or warm joints. Although most commonly the hands and wrists are affected, the disease can also affect other joints. The cause isn’t completely clear, but it involves some combination of environmental and genetic factors. The underlying structure involves the joints being attacked by the body’s immune system. This affects cartilage and bone.

The diagnosis of this disease is primarily based on the patient’s symptoms, with the assistance of x-rays and laboratory testing. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and improve the individual’s overall functioning. This is assisted by balancing rest and exercise, uses of splints, braces, or assistive devices, and use of various medications, including steroids, NSAIDs, or the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs to slow the disease progression.

RA reduces lifespan an average from 3 to 12 years, but a positive response to treatment may indicate a better prognosis.

Early morning stiffness is very common with this disease and can last for hours. As the disease progresses, the inflammation results in tethering of the tendon, in turn destroying the surface of the joint. This ultimately impairs movement and range of motion and can ultimately lead to deformity. RA also can involve the skin, lungs, kidneys, heart, and vessels, as well as multiple other body systems.

Good Candidates

The great thing about Stem Cell Institute of Los Angeles therapy treatments is just about anyone can qualify as a candidate! These men and women should, however, be in overall good health and have realistic expectations of the treatment. Stem cell therapy cannot guarantee patients will be completely pain-free, but the majority of patients do not have elbow pain after their treatment session(s) and have much more mobility and range of motion.

Only a minimal amount of fat is necessary to gain millions of stem cells.

While the aforementioned conditions are the most common elbow injuries, this does not mean that a patient has to suffer from one of them. Men and women who have general elbow pain that limits them from everyday activities may qualify as well. Candidates for treatment haven’t found success through surgical intervention or do not want to undergo an extensive surgical procedure. Stem cell therapy does involve liposuction to harvest the adult stem cells. It is usually performed on the love handles or hips.

How to Treat the Elbow with Stem Cells

Local anesthesia or sedation will be administered to the patient before the procedure. Liposuction is then performed on the waist to gain stromal vascular fraction adult stem cells. Once the necessary amount of fat is harvested, the doctor will place the graft in a special centrifuge which separates the stem cell stromal vascular fraction. The stem cells are then transferred into an injection syringe.

Harvested adult adipose stem cells are expertly injected into the elbow joint under fluoroscopic guidance with local anesthesia. Once it’s inside the elbow joint, the stem cells have the strength and capability to repair cartilage in a number of ways.

Stem cells produce various soluble factors which change the tissue microenvironment including cytokines which regulate joint inflammation, and growth factors stimulating the repair of cartilage.

Recovery

Best results can be seen about 4-6 months after elbow stem cell therapy.

The great thing about stem cell therapy is the ability to return to normal activities without any downtime needed. It is encouraged to walk often in order to speed up any minimal recovery time. Patients might experience mild discomfort for up to a week in the liposuctioned and injected areas. It is recommended though that patients do not put extensive pressure on the treated elbow or lift weights for 3-4 weeks following treatment. The elbow may feel a bit sore but this can be alleviated with ice packs and over the counter pain medication. Patients can also use heat to relieve any sort of muscles spasming that occurs after the procedure.

Cost of Elbow Stem Cell Therapy

By the end of the appointment, you will receive a personalized quote for the stem cell procedure based on your exact goals. The price of the treatment varies based on different factors that will be discussed during the consultation. If you have any further questions regarding this procedure and if it is right for you, please do not hesitate to call our office and let us help set you on the path to the new you!

Schedule Your Consultation

A preliminary consultation is required for all patients in order for our doctors to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you. The consultation will include a private discussion with Dr. Fishman or Dr. Younai about the potential causes regarding the pain you are experiencing. The doctor will then perform an examination of your elbow and potential liposuction locations. The whole process will be explained step by step so you can feel fully confident about your decision to undergo stem cell therapy treatment.