If you have elbow pain, you may experience stiffness and pain in the elbow that gets worse when you use the hand. The pain you experience can vary greatly depending on the cause. Elbow pain can range from a burning sensation to a sharp pain. The pain can be on and off or it may constantly get worse with use. You can schedule a consultation with the RxWellness Spine & Health medical team to get a complete diagnosis of your condition and learn about the best approach to recovery.
Causes of Elbow Pain
Elbow pain may be caused by injury, Osteoarthritis, arthritis, or inflammation but more often than not it is the result of a repetitive stress injury. This occurs when you participate in hobbies and activities that require performing the same movement over and over again. For example, people who play tennis, golf, baseball, or any activity that requires constant throwing or using the elbow can cause elbow pain. Some common wear-and-tear injuries that result in chronic elbow pain include bursitis, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow. If you are suffering from elbow pain, our integrated medical team can provide recommendations that can help you see an improvement.
Treating Elbow Pain with Chiropractic Care
When you work with the RxWellness Spine & Health chiropractic team, they will create a plan to heal the root cause of the problem. This plan may include treatments that target both the muscles and the joints of the affected area. Your RxWellness chiropractor may recommend routine adjustments for a set period of time to improve joint mobility, reduce inflammation, or relieve compression of a nerve. When you work with an RxWellness chiropractor, you will also have the opportunity to work a qualified massage therapist. The massage therapist will work on the affected muscles to relieve any stiffness or tightness and improve flexibility. Together, your integrated medical team will administer a care plan to help you see the best results.
Treating Elbow Pain with Regenerative Tissue Therapy
Regenerative medicine is a branch of treatment that prioritizes tissue replacement to symptom management. This means that instead of prescribing medication to relieve pain, the medical expert can speed up healing by introducing specialized cells to the injured area. The two types of regenerative tissue therapy offered at RxWellness Spine & Health are Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and Trigger Point Injections. PRP therapy is a process that effectively improves the body’s healing process by introducing additional growth factors at the injury site. Trigger Point Injections are a non-surgical treatment to relieve pain and relax knotted muscle tissue. After the injection blood flow will improve allowing the body to heal itself. You will have the opportunity to discuss your condition with our integrated medical team, and they can recommend the option best suited for your particular condition.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy is a natural and effective treatment for a variety of conditions, and because the process uses the body’s own cells there is a low chance of rejection or complications. When you are injured, the blood naturally clots to stop bleeding and the affected area is flooded with cells, like growth factors, that trigger an intense healing response. PRP therapy exposes the area to an even higher concentration of the growth factors that the body already produces to speed up recovery. This is done by extracting the patient’s blood, running it through the centrifugal process to isolate the growth factors, and then reinserting the concentrated dose into the injury site. This treatment is completely natural and is simply improving a healing process, which the body already does naturally. This treatment is ideal for conditions that would normally heal on their own, with the added benefit of a reduced timeline. The PRP process can be summed up in the following steps:
- Draw the patient’s blood.
- Spin the blood in a centrifuge.
- Separate components of the blood, and isolate the platelets.
- Reinsert the platelet-rich blood into the patient at the site of pain or injury.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are a more advanced type of regenerative tissue therapy. In addition to activating a more intense healing response, trigger point injections introduce stem cells to the injury site, which can restore damaged tissue. These special cells can be harvested from the blood, bone marrow, dental pulp, skeletal muscle, and a few other sources. Trigger point injections work by first extracting adult stem cells and then reinserting them into the treatment point, and are recommended for treating degenerative disorders like arthritis.
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If you have been living with elbow pain for too long and other treatment methods have been unsuccessful, then set up a consultation with the wellness care team at RxWellness Spine & Health and learn how we can help. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation please give us a call at (703) 904-9666 or book a consultation online.
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