Many times, elbow injuries are referred to using the names tennis and golfer’s elbow. Although this identifies two causes easily, sports are not always the cause of elbow pain.
Anything interfering with the motion of the elbow joint, such as arthritis, tendon or ligament injuries can result in pain preventing you from maintaining an active lifestyle.
Some of the most common elbow injuries and conditions we treat include:
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow: Tendonitis, inflammation, damage or degeneration of the tendons. Individuals who play repetitive action sports are most affected by this. The repetitive motion is the most common cause of elbow pain, but this is not always due to the above mentioned sports.
- Osteoarthritis of the elbow: Osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs when the cartilage of the elbow is damaged or becomes worn. This can be caused by normal wear and tear that occurs with age. It can result in swelling, pain and difficulty moving the elbow.
- Osteochondritis dissecans: This is a joint condition in which bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies due to lack of blood flow. This bone and cartilage can then break loose, causing pain and in many cases, hindering joint motion.
How they treat it
Conventional treatments for elbow pain will vary depending on the condition or injury that caused it. They usually involve the use of risky drugs to suppress inflammation and mask the pain. In many cases, these are simply temporary measures.
How we treat it
At NEXGEN Orthopedics, we treat elbow pain using an integrative approach which in some cases may include ultra-minimally invasive surgery. Using physical therapy and other therapies, we aim to accelerate and enhance the recovery process for our patients.