Elbow Sprains & Pain

Pain in the region of the elbow can come from problems in the joints or surrounding muscle and tendons. Pain in the elbow region, pain with movement, weakness, numbness, stiffness, loss of motion, catching, locking, or swelling, can all be related to elbow pathology. Depending
on the location and nature of the discomfort, as well as aggravating and relieving factors can help establish the diagnosis. Problems such as tendonitis, ligament tearing, and muscle strains, arthritis, loose cartilage pieces and nerve compression are common in the elbow.

Examination by the doctor and testing such as X-rays or MRI or nerve testing, may used to identify the problems. Treatments can include NSAIDS, ICE, activity modifications, therapy, injections, PRP, and even surgery.

Elbow Injuries

Elbow Fracture Care

Elbow fractures are common injuries. Slip and fall with arm extended to break the fall is the usual mechanism of injury. Examination by the doctor and X-rays are needed to confirm the diagnosis and guide treatment. The treatment will depend on the bone fractured and severity or displacement of the fracture. Age of the patient, dominate hand, and activity can also influence treatment decisions. Casting or bracing, ice, activity modifications, and surgery are the standard treatment choices. The use of waterproof casts or braces, as well as adjustable or removable braces, are becoming common treatment options.

Elbow Tendon Injury

Tendons in the elbow can be injured from trauma, lacerations, overuse, and inflammatory diseases. Depending on how much of the tendon is torn or damaged, will determine treatment recommendations. Examination by the doctor, and possibly MRI will help confirm the diagnosis. Bracing, activity modification, injections, PRP, and surgery may be recommended.

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