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Elbow Pain

The elbow is a hinge joint made up of 3 bones – humerus, radius and ulna. The bones are held together by ligaments, which provide stability to the joint. Muscles and tendons around the bones coordinate movements and help in performing various activities. The common causes of elbow pain include:

Elbow dislocation: Elbow dislocation occurs when the bones that make up the joint are forced out of alignment. It usually occurs when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. Elbow dislocations can also occur from a traumatic injury such as motor vehicle accidents. When the elbow is dislocated, you usually experience severe pain, swelling and lack the ability to bend your arm. Sometimes you cannot feel your hand, or may have no pulse in your wrist because arteries and nerves running along your elbow may be injured.

Elbow fractures: A fracture is a common injury to the elbow. Elbow fractures may result from a fall onto an outstretched wrist, a direct impact to the elbow or a twisting injury. Elbow fractures may cause severe pain, swelling, tenderness and limit movement. If a fracture is suspected, immediate intervention by your doctor is necessary. Surgery is often required if bone displacement is observed.

Golf injuries to the elbow: Golf, a famous sport involves the action of the wrist. Insufficient strength in the forearms is the major cause for wrist and hand injuries in golfers. Common injuries in golfers include:

  • Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow: Tennis elbow is the inflammation of muscles on the outside of the elbow, whereas tendinitis on the inner side of the elbow is called golfer’s elbow. Overuse of the arms or a traumatic blow to the hand may cause tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. These injuries may cause severe pain and tenderness at the affected muscles that radiate down into the forearm, particularly with use of the hand and wrist. Adequate rest and immobility of the affected part helps the muscles to recover, and modification of activities helps in better healing. Heat therapy, followed by stretching and strengthening exercises, and then ice massage are beneficial. A tennis elbow strap may relieve the pressure from the muscle attachment. Medications may be recommended to relieve the pain and inflammation.
  • Tendonitis: Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons. Tendonitis is usually treated with adequate rest, splinting, ice application, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce inflammation.

Any problem causing pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness or a tingling sensation, or abnormal position of the elbow that persists for more than two or three days should be evaluated by your doctor to establish the cause and obtain the best treatment as early as possible.

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Houston Elbow Specialists

The physicians at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports medicine who specialize in elbow treatment are recognized globally for their expertise. Advanced Orthopedics and sports medicine has numerous Board Certified/Eligible physicians who are thoroughly educated in the latest treatment techniques both surgical and conservative. They are well versed in advances in elbow treatments including endoscopic ulnar nerve release at the elbow.

Drs Elbaz and Brooks now perform Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for the treatment of medial and lateral epicondylitis, ulnar collateral ligament sprain or tear. PRP stimulates a more rapid healing of tendon, ligament, muscle and bone.

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