Our doctors treat many acute and chronic injuries to the elbow such as fractures, dislocations, bursitis, tendonitis, etc…
The elbow is both a hinge joint and a ball and socket joint. As our muscles contract and relax, two unique motions occur at the elbow, rotation and flexion and extension. Both of these motions are critical to normal function of the arm. The elbow is made up of three bones, the humerus, radius and the ulna. Our doctors treat many acute and chronic injuries to the elbow such as fractures, sprains, dislocations, tendonitis and bursitis.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)-Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendon (muscular attachment of the forearm).This occurs on the outside of the elbow. This injury is caused by repetitive motion at the wrist overworking the muscles that attach on the elbow. This can occur in racquet sports, typing, and painting or with any activity that repetitively overloads the elbow. A similar condition affecting the inside of the elbow, medial epicondylitis, is commonly known as “golfer’s elbow”. In most cases, non-operative techniques such as bracing and cortisone injections result in a complete resolution of symptoms. In severe cases, surgery is recommended.
Olecranon bursitis– In olecranon bursitis, the tiny sack of fluid located at the tip of the elbow becomes painful and swollen. This can be infectious or inflammatory. If it is hot, red and swollen you need to see a doctor immediately. The bursa is infected and antibiotics and surgery will be required. When the bursa is swollen and painful without redness and fever it may be treated with bracing, NSAIDs or injections.
Little Leaguer’s elbow– With the start of the baseball season doctors frequently see an increase in elbow problems in young baseball players. A common elbow problem in these children is “Little Leaguer’s elbow.” Injury occurs when repetitive throwing creates an excessively strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow. The young player feels pain at the normal bump on the inside of the elbow. Little Leaguer’s elbow can be serious if it is not treated. Permanent injury can occur leading to deformity and stiffness of the elbow. Getting early treatment is essential. Most cases can be treated with rest and bracing.
Cubital tunnel syndrome- A condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the inside edge of the elbow. The nerve runs through a passage called the cubital tunnel. The nerve can be irritated in the tunnel or it can slide in and out of the tunnel causing pain at the elbow and or numbness in the ring and little finger. Most cases are treated with bracing or cortisone injections. Severe cases require surgery, moving the nerve to a more stable position.