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6 Most Common Elbow Injuries and How to Treat Them

Medically Reviewed by Cellaxys

By Published: June 27, 2019Updated: June 11, 2023No Comments

The elbow’s versatility is an often-overlooked feature of the human body. Not only does it give our arms an extended range of motion, but it also allows us to freely rotate our forearms and wrists.

In order to achieve such dynamic movements, multiple tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles and other soft tissue must work in harmony. The elbow is a fragile puzzle that requires all of its pieces to work in harmony. If one piece of this fragile puzzle is damaged, the elbow can lose many of its capabilities.

Unfortunately, because of the fragile nature of its many parts, and due to the substantial burdens we put on it, there are many ways in which the elbow can be damaged.

Most Common Elbow Injuries

  • “Tennis and Golfers Elbow”
  • Articular Cartilage injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament Injuries, including “Tommy John’s” injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Entrapped Nerves

The injuries and ailments listed above are some of the most common elbow injuries we treat here at CELLAXYS. Due to the nature of some of these injuries, our patients end up suffering a great deal before seeking out the stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapies we offer at CELLAXYS. Below are a few of the ways we treat the issues listed above.

Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, and Golfer’s Elbow

The three afflictions go hand in hand. Prolonged use and repetitive motions lead to the reduction of the body’s natural cushioning agent – cartilage. This valuable soft tissue reduces the number of contact bones have with each other.

As it wears away and bones begin to make contact with one another, the body becomes extra sensitive to pain, swelling, and inflammation at the site of the cartilage erosion. In the elbow, this can be especially painful due to the extreme burdens and repetitive motions we often inflict upon it.

By injecting stem cells or PRP directly into these sites, CELLAXYS creates a suitable environment for cartilage and tendon regeneration and treats and reverses the symptoms of arthritis, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow.

Two large clinical review studies (called a “Meta-Analysis”) have shown Orthobiologic therapies (PRP, Stem Cells, etc) to be the most effective treatment option.

Elbow Strains and Sprains

Elbows are made up of many moving parts. The bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments which provide the foundations for movement in the elbow can all break or tear causing extreme pain and discomfort. If treated improperly, this can result in permanent damage which may lead to lifelong pain.

The treatments we offer at CELLAXYS focus on providing the foundation for rebuilding and regenerating valuable tissues which may have been lost in the fracture.

By injecting stem cells or platelet-rich plasma into the site of the fracture, we can provide some relief for the pain and with enough physical therapy beyond these treatments, our patients can regain some of the mobility they may have lost due to the injury.


Bursitis occurs when small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae to become inflamed. Normally, the bursae help cushion the area around the elbow allowing for a wider range of motion and smooth transitions between movements.

When bursitis sets in, these sacs became inflamed and swollen. The inflammation may become painful, limiting the range of motion of the elbow and any adjacent body part. The inflamed bursae are also known to damage surrounding tissues which may lead to a more permanent condition.

PRP is often an extremely effective means of improving these sometimes chronic conditions by focusing on the helloing factors in the affected bursa. CELLAXYS therapies encourage the damaged tissue to regrow natural tissue, and heal and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Pouya Mohajer

Director of Regenerative Interventional Spine Medicine
Board certification in Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine
Fellowship-trained from Harvard University
UCLA Alumni


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