Stem Cell Therapy For Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also know as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful elbow condition caused when the connecting tissue of the forearm muscle to the elbow becomes irritated due to overuse of the elbow. Tennis elbow is a common elbow joint injury among those who participate in racquet sports like tennis, though other activities can also put you at risk. Approximately 3 to 9 million people in the United States will develop tennis elbow. In most cases, tennis elbow can be treated successfully with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs. When this doesn’t work, surgery is performed to either remove the inflamed tissue from the tendon or reattach the tendon tears.


However, surgery for tennis elbow may not be a perfect solution for many patients. A complete recovery from the surgery can take 3 to 6 months, and patients may experience:


  • Loss of strength in the forearm
  • Decreased range of motion in the elbow

    In some situations, patients will have to abandon the activity that caused them to get tennis elbow.


    At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we offer a safe alternative to tennis elbow surgery. Using advances in regenerative medicine, we can repair a patient’s tendon tears by using their stem cells. Patients who receive stem cell therapy for tennis elbow experience a quicker recovery and avoid the long-term effect of surgery including abandoning their active lifestyle.


    How Does Stem Cell Therapy For Tennis Elbow Work?

    Stem cell therapy for tennis elbow is an outpatient procedure that takes a few hours to complete. The process begins with the abstraction of stem cells from the patient’s blood, fat tissue, and bone marrow. Stem cells are the natural healing mechanism in the human body. They have the ability to morph into other types of cells such as muscle, cartilage, or bone cells to repair a damaged joint.


    After abstraction, we combine the stem cells with various growth factors including human growth hormones (HGH) to create a high concentration of super-charged stem cells which are injected into the patient’s elbow using ultrasound to guide the injection. Once injected, the stem cells will begin the natural process of fixing the tendon tears without the aid of drugs or surgery.


    When Do I See Results?

    After the injection, the stem cell will begin the healing process immediately. However, because the stem cells are restoring the elbow joints through a natural process, results will not be instant. Typically, patients will begin to see a response from the stem cell therapy in about 3 to 4 weeks after the injection. Afterward, the stem cells will continue the healing process, and patients will see even greater results in the following weeks.


    For most patients, a single stem cell injection is all that is needed to heal their tennis elbow. For patients with severe damage, a second stem cell injection may be necessary after a month from the first injection. The number of stem cell injections will be determined after our orthopedic surgeons examine a patient’s elbow.


    Am I A Candidate For Stem Cell Therapy For My Tennis Elbow

    Stem cell therapy is a safe alternative to tennis elbow surgery but to determine if stem cell therapy would be effective in fixing your elbow joints, our board certified orthopedic surgeon would have to examine your medical files first. Afterward, our specialist will advise you the best treatment to use.