Unless you’re a tennis player or a swimmer, you may not give your elbows much thought on a day to day basis. However, when your elbow becomes painful or loses mobility, it can become debilitating if left untreated. These complex joints contain a whole host of small parts that work invisibly to keep your arm functioning properly, and if one of those muscles or ligaments is compromised, the impact on your overall quality of life can be severe.
If you’re living with elbow pain or a loss of elbow mobility, the orthobiologic solutions offered by Dr. Trevor Turner at The Genomic Athlete may be able to help. Using state-of-the-art technology and a committed minimally-invasive approach, Dr. Turner has been able to reduce his patients’ need for orthopedic elbow surgery by 50% using regenerative techniques such as stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections.
Chronic elbow pain should never come between you and the activities you love. If you’re curious about the orthobiologics offered by one of the best upper extremity orthopedics has to offer, keep reading to learn more, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Turner with any further questions. If you’re ready to try regenerative medicine and find relief with the least invasive treatment possible, don’t hesitate -- reach out to The Genomic Athlete and schedule your first consultation appointment today.
Your journey toward relief and long-term recovery from elbow pain begins with a diagnosis. Dr. Turner’s musculoskeletal assessment process uses dynamic ultrasound scans to provide a more accurate, comfortable and cost-effective diagnosis than a traditional MRI. In addition, this superior diagnostic tool comes at a fraction of the cost of standard, conventional diagnostic techniques.
Unlike MRI, ultrasound scans give moving pictures of the tendons and ligaments around your elbows. This allows Dr. Turner to spot other irregularities that may be missed using traditional diagnostic technology. This process takes just 3-4 minutes and costs 90% less than a typical MRI.
While ultrasound is an incredible tool, orthopedic conditions of the elbow involve the nerves as well as the joint and tendons. That’s why Dr. Turner employs an EMG exam in conjunction with his ultrasound technology when looking at nerves. An EMG can help determine whether nerves around the elbow are pinched or trapped, allowing Dr. Turner to address pain from your elbow that may come from another source.
Additionally, Dr. Turner uses fluoroscopy during orthobiologic procedures involving bone marrow cells. This allows for greater accuracy and a significantly smaller margin of error when placing cells into the bones inside your elbow.
As a tennis elbow specialist in Miami, Dr. Trevor Turner commonly provides platelet rich plasma therapy to patients with a variety of orthopedic injuries to the elbow. PRP has helped countless patients avoid expensive, invasive surgical intervention after they’ve suffered from an elbow injury.
Platelet rich plasma therapy works by using your own growth factors to stimulate your body’s foundation for recovery. During your session, Dr. Turner will draw your blood. He’ll then send it to our onsite laboratory, where an expert technician will separate platelets from the plasma using a centrifuge. Dr. Turner will then reinject that plasma into your elbow at the affected site, giving your elbow the best chance at restoring long-term function.. Additionally, PRP works to reduce inflammation, providing relief from elbow pain without the post-procedure limitations of traditional surgery.
Dr. Turner recommends PRP treatment for the following orthopedic conditions of the elbow, and more:
Dr. Turner’s partnership with Greyledge Biotech also allows us to collect data regarding your outcomes, helping us to distinguish what is indicated and not indicated by your blood draw. This way, we can provide a fully customized PRP treatment experience. If you’d like to learn more about the platelet rich plasma injection process for sports injuries, tendon tears, and other orthopedic conditions of the elbow, Dr. Turner is happy to discuss your questions and concerns with you. If you’re ready to try PRP therapy for yourself, don’t wait. Reach out and schedule your first consultative appointment with us today.
Adult “Stem Cells” from bone marrow are the type we use to treat orthopedic injuries. The name was first coined by Dr. Arnold Caplan in 1991 “Mesenchymal Stem Cells” or MSCs for short. The MSCs from bone marrow act like a powerful drug store in a tiny package. These stem cells release powerful signals that help the body provide anti-inflammatory effects, send positive signals to the immune system, stop cell death, and even improve blood flow.
While only a small percentage of bone marrow has MSCs, stem cells remain in higher numbers as we age in the back of the hip bone (pelvis). After numbing a patient so they do not feel any pain, Dr. Turner takes these cells from the hip, and an experienced technician sorts out the unwanted material to get the maximum number of MSCs possible in a sterile processing laboratory. Every sample is then carefully analyzed for high quality before being delivered back into the patient, which is critical to ensuring that our patients have the best long term outcomes.
Next, Dr. Turner uses a combination of sound waves (ultrasound) and X-rays (fluoroscopy) to very precisely guide your own stem cells back into the area of injury in a same day procedure. We call this FDA-compliant procedure Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate or BMAC for short.
Some of the most common reasons why patients complain of pain in the elbow include:
Yes! Dr. Turner is also a prolotherapy specialist. Prolotherapy can be used to relieve pain in the joints and ligaments in the elbows, and it works by injecting a small, harmless amount of an irritating substance into the affected area. This irritant will cause a controlled type of inflammation in your elbow, and once this inflammation is reduced, your pain will be relieved, and your body’s natural healing process will be stimulated. If you’d like to learn more about prolotherapy for your elbow pain, reach out to Dr. Turner today.
While Dr. Turner strongly recommends other types of non-invasive therapies to treat injuries and conditions of the elbow for long-term results, he is capable of providing steroid injections as part of his practice.
While not all orthobiologic procedures require physical therapy afterwards, Dr. Turner has often seen patients who get PRP or stem cell therapy have increased success with rehabilitation in the weeks after their treatment even when it was difficult beforehand. Physical therapy can be a vital, impossible-to-skip part of your recovery from whatever condition or injury brought you to Dr. Turner’s office in the first place. Dr. Turner’s practice is proud to stand with our patients through every step of their recovery, and we’re proud to offer cutting-edge rehab and prehab therapies. For patients who travel for treatment, ask about our digital rehab solution with Amp Recover. To learn more about our physical therapy support capabilities, reach out to Dr. Turner.