Elbow pain stops you from doing many of the things you used to take for granted, like brushing your teeth. Whether you’re suffering from tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow or another painful condition, you can still get help. An elbow injection puts pain-relieving medicine right where you need it. You can also opt for a plasma injection for tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, which does more to help heal your injury. Call pain management in Manhattan to stop your elbow pain.

Elbow pain or injury can drastically restrict your activities and your ability to work. Most elbow pain is the result of overuse, overextension or repetitive motion. And all types of elbow pain can be treated at the top pain clinic in New York: Pain Management NYC.

Cortisone injections have been the go-to treatment for decades. But advances in medical technology are introducing regenerative treatments into the world of pain management. The best-rated elbow pain doctors in Manhattan continue to lead the pack in innovative treatments.

Anatomy of Elbow Pain

Elbow Injections (platelet-rich plasma, PRP) in NYCYour elbow joint makes many movements possible — flexibility that you learn to appreciate if you begin feeling pain whenever you use your elbow. Your elbow is comprised of bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and lubricating fluid. This joint is formed at the point where three bones come together:

  • Humerus, which is the bone of your upper arm
  • Ulna, the thinner and longer bone of your forearm
  • Radius, or the other bone in your forearm

Tendons, ligaments and muscles work together to give you the ability to bend and straighten your elbow. The slightest strain or inflammation in any of these components causes pain and reduces your strength, range and function. Without healthy elbows, you eventually may not even be able to feed or care for yourself without pain.

Tennis Elbow vs. Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are painful conditions. They represent types of tendonitis. The tendons are made up of fibrous tissues that link your bones to your muscles. When they tear, weaken or become inflamed, you feel the pain. Although tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are common types of elbow injuries, athletes aren’t the only people to suffer from these conditions. People who use daily repetitive motions at work — like constructions workers, carpenters and plumbers — have a tendency to develop elbow tendonitis, as do weight lifters and athletes involved in throwing.

The primary difference between tennis and golfer’s elbow is the area of your elbow that’s affected. The tendons affected by golfer’s elbow run down the inside of your arm, closest to your body. The tendons that hurt when you have tennis elbow run along the outside part of your arm.

Elbow Injections for Pain Management

Cortisone injections combine a corticosteroid with a local anesthetic. Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that your body recognizes as cortisol, a hormone you produce naturally. The steroid injection for tennis elbow soothes the inflammation in your joint, while the local anesthetic numbs your pain directly at the source. This explains why a golfer’s elbow cortisone injection and a tennis elbow cortisone injection are so fast and effective.

Unfortunately, these injections are only temporary solutions. The local anesthetic wears off fairly quickly, and the corticosteroid lasts up to several months. Additionally, you can’t get more than three injections a year.

On the positive side, there’s little to no downtime when you receive a cortisone injection. You typically leave your doctor’s office in Midtown feeling better than when you arrived. Although your pain may return for a day or so after the local anesthetic wears off, once the steroids start working, your discomfort eases again. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers for that short duration.

New Regenerative Injections for Your Elbow

Plasma injection for tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow belong to the emerging field of regenerative treatments. Regenerative treatments not only stem the inflammation and pain of a painful joint, but they also jumpstart the healing process. These injections use platelet rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood.

Your blood is full of platelets. Platelets are the blood components that clot your blood when you get cut. But they have other beneficial properties, as well, to promote internal healing. To process a plasma injection for tennis elbow or another elbow injury, you go through several steps:

  • Your blood is drawn into a closed system and run through a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the rest of your blood.
  • After the platelet rich plasma is separated from the rest of your blood, your NYC pain specialist injects it directly into your injured elbow.
  • Once in your elbow, the platelets begin rebuilding and repairing your elbow from the inside out.

Since your own plasma is used in PRP injections, the risk of side effects is exceptionally low. There’s also little to no downtime after you receive these injections. The entire procedure can be completed from start to finish in a single visit to your NYC pain management clinic. So don’t wait to treat your elbow pain. Contact Pain Management NYC to receive a PRP or steroid injection for tennis elbow pain.

This page was published on Aug 3, 2019, modified on Nov 28, 2021 by Dr. Leon Reyfman, MD (Pain Management Doctor) Leon Reyfman, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

Leon Reyfman, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New York City and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

Dr. Leon Reyfman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a "top pain management doctor in New York" and one of "America's Top Doctors™" for advanced sports injury treatments. Among other accolades, he was voted by peers as a "Castle Connolly Top Doctors™" and "New York Super Doctors™". Dr. Leon Reyfman was a part of the medical team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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