Tendons are highly susceptible to overuse injuries, which are then often slow to heal, causing ongoing pain and frustration. Dr. Kenneth Carle at Renewed Life Stem Cell Clinic offers innovative treatment options like stem cell injections that can accelerate healing, regenerate your tendon, and restore optimal strength. Whether you have tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, or suffer from another tendon injury, call the office in Sarasota, Florida, or book an appointment online to learn how regenerative medicine can help.
Tendon Injuries Q & A
What are the most common tendon injuries?
Tendon injuries most often develop due to wear-and-tear. The problem may be caused by natural aging or by frequently repeating the same motion (overuse injury).
As the injury worsens, inflammation (tendinitis) and many small tears (tendinosis) gradually weaken the tendon. Without treatment, the tendon may rupture.
What do I need to know about tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, affects the tendons that attach extensor muscles in your forearm to your elbow. These muscles are responsible for movement such as extending and turning your wrist, a motion that’s repeated as you play tennis.
Like all overuse injuries, tiny tears develop in the tendon as you frequently extend your wrist and place stress on the tendon. Then the tears get inflamed and painful.
Although this tendon injury is common in tennis players, it can occur in any racquet sport and in plumbers, painters, carpenters, and others who perform similar wrist movements.
What causes Achilles tendinitis?
Your Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to your heel bone. Since it’s responsible for raising your heel when you walk, it stretches back and forth every time you take a step.
Achilles tendinitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed. Although the tendinitis is often caused by normal repetitive movement, you can also develop the problem if you suddenly increase the amount of time spent exercising or when you boost the intensity of your training.
When Achilles tendinitis goes untreated, it progresses, causing tearing and degeneration. This condition is called Achilles tendinosis.
How do stem cell injections treat tendon injuries?
Adult stem cells are responsible for producing all the new cells used to replace old and damaged tissues. Various types of adult stem cells stay active throughout your lifetime, replicating and developing specific tissues as needed.
The best source of mesenchymal stem cells comes from the Wharton’s jelly. It is extracted, concentrated, and then injected into the injured tendon. Following an injection, the stem cells go to work doing their natural job: regenerating new tendon tissue. Stem cells also release growth factors that stimulate healing, reduce inflammation, and help relieve your pain.
Tendons are often slow to heal, but the process goes quicker, the restored tendon is stronger, and you regain optimal tendon strength with stem cell injections. To schedule an appointment to treat tendon injuries, call Renewed Life Stem Cell Clinic or book an appointment online.