Our arms, and especially our elbows are among the most used parts of our body. Repetitive movements and stress can cause elbow pain. This pain can become incapacitating and hinder normal activities and work. Some of the causes of this type of pain are the use of the arm for throwing, pushing, pulling, lifting and use of the arm with rackets (tennis elbow) golf clubs or bats (golfers’ elbow) or with any contact sport. Almost any repetitive activity can cause elbow pain.
Accidents such as falls or motor vehicle accidents can cause tendon sprains-strains, tendon tears, fractures, dislocations or damage to the elbow joints’ surfaces.
Whether from “wear and tear”, overuse, age and degeneration or from injuries, pain is the common symptom arising from all the causes. It is, therefore, necessary to undergo a careful evaluation and examination to determine the diagnosis and correct treatment of elbow pain. Imaging studies or ultrasound are often used to confirm the diagnosis.
Tendon strain and partial tears as well as articular cartilage ailments have recently been successfully treated using new modern regenerative injection techniques. These treatments are non-surgical and minimally invasive. There is no long recuperation time, and most people can return to work immediately. The treatments strengthen the damaged part of the elbow and promote healing. These treatments have been extensively studied and have been found to be both safe and very effective with minimal side-effects. Healing and repair, however, can take several weeks before best results are appreciated.
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