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September 26, 2009

Elbow Pain: PRP and Prolotherpy

Pain localized on the outside of the elbow is referred to as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.

elbow pain

A group of muscles called the extensors attach to the outside bony surface of the elbow.

extensors in forearm

Tendons attach  muscle to bone.  To better visualize this, image the rope that extends from your tent to the stake.  During a wind storm there is increased tension on the rope which starts to pull on the tent stake.  The greater the stress on the rope, the greater the force on the stake.  So to with increasing tightness in muscle:  there is more tension on the stake (tendon attachment to bone).  The result is PAIN.

Treatment at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic begins with a thorough evaluation and examination.  Prolotherapy and PRP are effective therapies to reduce the inflammation and irritation at the site where the extensor tendons attach to the bone.  Equally important is to treat the underlying cause:  the dysfunctional tight muscles, like the tent rope, which are straining its anchor.  This is treated with IMS. Treatment at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic includes treating the pain as well as addressing the underlying issue that gave rise to the pain.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hello: I am having a paper published in Clinician Reviews regarding the Prevention & Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis in the Workplace. I am very much in need of pictures/illustrations. May I use your pictures or can you refer me to your source? Thanks, Ron Mullis, MPAS, PA-C

    Comment by Ron Mullis — August 24, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    • Ron,
      the picture was taken from google images.
      Regretably I dont have the source.

      Comment by stemcelldoc — August 24, 2012 @ 2:52 pm


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