Stem Cell Therapy for Elbow Conditions

Effective, quick and safe treatment, without surgery or painkillers

The elbow is a common victim of sports and other active lifestyle injuries because it’s the focal point for throwing, twisting, swinging, and other motions. Overuse through repetition of any of these motions can lead to pain in the cartilage, ligaments, or tendons that surround and support the three bones--the upper arm bone and two forearm bones--that come together at this joint.

Whether you’ve experienced one of these types of injuries, have sustained an impact injury, or suffer from a lingering condition such as arthritis, stem cell therapy or PRP may be your best path toward lasting recovery without the need for surgery or medication.


What Is Stem Cell Therapy & How Can it Help Elbow Pain

Philadelphia PRP and Stem Cell Institute offers two types of regenerative medicine procedures to treat elbow pain:

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Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets from your own blood are concentrated and re-injected, supplying the damaged area with vital growth factors that promote cellular repair.

 
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Stem Cell Therapy (BMC)

Adult mesenchymal stem cells harvested from your hip are re-injected into the problem area where they heal by encouraging new tissue growth and controlling inflammation.


What Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Help?

Common elbow problems that can be addressed with stem cell therapy include:

  • Medial epicondylitis (aka “golfer’s elbow”)

  • Medial epicondyle apophysitis (aka “pitcher’s elbow”)

  • Ulnar nerve entrapment (aka “cubital tunnel syndrome”)

  • Partial distal biceps tendon tear

  • Arthritis

  • Bursitis

  • Chronic instability

  • Lateral epicondylitis (aka “tennis elbow”)


How Do the Procedures Work?

Our regenerative medicine therapies vary slightly in the materials they use and from where they’re derived, but from the patient’s perspective they are quite similar:

Stem Cell Therapy:

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Extraction
As you lie facedown on a table, the doctor extracts bone marrow aspirate from your hip with a special needle. You may experience mild discomfort but the majority of patients tolerate this easily.

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Concentration
To concentrate the adult stem cells and platelets in the marrow fluid into BMC, the aspirate is spun in a centrifuge for up to 15 minutes.

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Injection
The doctor re-injects the stem cell-rich, concentrated BMC into the area of pain.

 

PRP

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Extraction
The doctor draws a blood sample from your arm, just like in a routine blood test.

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Concentration
The blood we’ve drawn is spun in a centrifuge to separate the growth factor-containing platelets from the other components in the plasma. The PRP is then removed.

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Injection
With the PRP material prepared, it is injected into the damaged tissue, disc, joint, or tendon, using x-ray or ultrasound guidance, if necessary.

A platelet-rich plasma treatment will seem much like simply giving blood from your arm, except in this case the now-enhanced blood is re-injected at the end.


Stem Cell Therapy vs Traditional Elbow Treatment

For both forms of elbow tendonitis--golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow--doctors typically first prescribe a combination of rest, ice, physical therapy, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs). Steroid injections in the elbow often follow when those measures fail. Some patients even progress to surgery to remove damaged tissue and/or scar tissue buildup if pain persists.

In contrast, stem cell therapy not only reduces the pain by alleviating inflammation, it actually addresses the root of the problem: the stem cells help the tissue heal itself. The result is a longer-lasting solution that’s lower cost and requires a shorter recovery time than surgery.

Regenerative Medicine vs Surgery vs Pain Injections - A Comparison

  Stem Cell Therapy (BMC) PRP Traditional Surgery Pain Injections
Hospital stay Not required* Not required* Inpatient Not required
Anaesthesia Local Local General Local
Procedure Minimally invasive Minimally invasive Invasive Minimally invasive
Risk of infection Minimal Minimal Yes Minimal
Greater threat to at-risk patients (elderly, diabetic, overweight) No No Yes No
Loss of bone or tissue No No Yes No
Scarring No No Yes No
Risk of new biomechanical problems post-treatment No No Yes No
Painkillers required post-treatment No No Sometimes No
Time to return to daily activities 1-2 days 1-2 days 2-3+ months 1-2 days
Full recovery period 4-12 weeks 4-12 weeks A few weeks to several months 2-10 days
Addresses Underlying Biological Dysfunction Partially Partially No No

*Most BMC and PRP procedures occur in a physician's office, but some patients may elect to have them done on an outpatient basis in a surgery center if they prefer non-local anesthesia.


Safe & Natural Procedures to Overcome Pain

PRP and adult mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) injections are autologous, which means they’re obtained from the same individual who’s using them. So while they still carry the slight risk of infection or bleeding that all injections involve, there’s effectively no risk of allergic reaction or rejection of the patient’s own PRP or stem cells.

Both types of therapies are minimally invasive and adhere to all relevant FDA guidelines. The MSC therapy we provide is an FDA-accepted part of the practice of medicine, because we only process and apply the cells you already have in your body. We produce PRP using 510(k) cleared medical devices, registered and fully compliant with FDA regulations.


Are You a Candidate?

Contact us today to find out if stem cell or PRP therapy can provide relief for your elbow condition.