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What to Do About Chronic Elbow Pain

You rely on your arms 24/7, whether you’re working at the computer or rolling over in your sleep. When pain develops in your elbow, the entire function of your arm can be affected, making even the simplest tasks uncomfortable.

If you’re struggling with chronic elbow pain, Dr. B. Sam Tabibian and our team here at Physical Medicine Institute can quickly diagnose the problem to help you wave goodbye to the discomfort and limitations.

In the following, we take a look at some of the more common causes of elbow pain and what we can do to bring you relief.

Behind the elbow pain

Like any active joint in your body, your elbows are under a great deal of strain, which can take a toll. Far and away, the leading cause of elbow pain is overuse, which means pushing your elbow repeatedly in a way that it’s not necessarily designed for.

A prime example of this is tennis elbow, which affects as many as 10 million people in the United States, typically between the ages of 40 and 60. Despite the name, tennis elbow can develop in anyone who engages in repetitive tasks that call upon their hands, arms, and shoulders, such as manual laborers.

Tennis elbow occurs when the tendon that attaches the muscles in your forearm to your elbow is overworked and develops tiny tears that lead to inflammation. This can also occur in the inner tendons of your elbow in a condition we call golfer’s or little leaguer’s elbow. Here again, this problem can develop outside of sports.

Other common problems that can lead to chronic elbow pain include:

However your chronic elbow pain developed, our goal is to identify the problem so that you can get the treatment you need.

Treating chronic elbow pain

When you see us for chronic elbow pain, we thoroughly review your symptoms, which can give us valuable clues as to where to start our diagnostic work. Next, through advanced imaging, we can get a better look at the internal structures of your elbow to locate the problem.

Depending on what we find, our goal is to relieve your pain and to help you heal as quickly as possible. 

In most cases, we use a combination of the following treatments:

This last treatment is one that falls under regenerative medicine, which is a branch of medicine designed to help your body rebuild using your own natural resources. 

In the case of PRP therapy, we tap the platelets in your blood and redirect them to your damaged tissues, where they release growth factors that help your tissue repair itself. The goal here is to not only relieve your current discomfort, but also prevent the problem from recurring by rebuilding and strengthening the weakened tissue from within.

If you’re struggling with chronic elbow pain, contact our office in Sherman Oaks, California, to explore our highly effective treatment options.

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