Elbow Injuries

Hand and Microsurgery Associates

Hand Surgery & Orthopedic Surgery located in Columbus, OH
If you experience intense elbow pain while playing sports or after trauma to your elbow joint, the board-certified surgical team at Hand and Microsurgery Associates can help. At the office in Columbus, Ohio, the experienced surgeons offer comprehensive diagnostic testing services on-site to quickly diagnose the root cause of elbow pain or dysfunction. The providers tailor treatment to your needs and offer both nonsurgical and advanced surgical solutions to restore your elbow health and function. If you need an evaluation for painful elbow injuries, call Hand and Microsurgery Associates today to schedule an appointment.

Elbow Injuries Q & A

What are some common elbow injuries?
Your elbow joint allows you to have a versatile range of motion in your arm. When there’s damage or disease in your joint, it limits what you can do and may leave you in chronic pain.

Some of the most common types of elbow injuries and conditions the staff at Hand and Microsurgery Associates treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft-tissue lacerations

You may also develop elbow injuries from repetitive use, especially if you work in a physical job or participate in sports. In fact, some sports cause sport-specific elbow injuries, like tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. These conditions result due to the repetitive nature of sports activities, like throwing a ball or swinging a golf club.

Overuse of your elbow can also cause cubital tunnel syndrome, a painful condition that results from persistent nerve compression.

How are elbow injuries diagnosed?
The medical team at Hand and Microsurgery Associates offers advanced diagnostic testing services on-site, including X-rays and extremity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Your provider also takes time to review your medical history, your usual activities, and physically examine your elbow to evaluate your flexibility and range of motion.

Once they understand what’s causing pain or elbow dysfunction, your Hand and Microsurgery Associates physician customizes a treatment plan that focuses on easing pain and restoring full function in your elbow joint.

How are elbow injuries treated?
The Hand and Microsurgery Associates medical team offers comprehensive care for a variety of elbow conditions. They may initially recommend conservative, nonsurgical therapies to ease pain and improve joint flexibility. This may include temporary immobilization of the joint, medications, and physical therapy.

If you have damage in your elbow joint from trauma or disease, you might be a candidate for surgery. The surgical specialists at Hand and Microsurgery Associates offer several nationally recognized elbow procedures, including:

  • Elbow resurfacing
  • Elbow replacement
  • Elbow dislocation repair
  • Cartilage repair and replacement
  • Microvascular and microsurgical surgeries
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstructive surgery

In many cases, the surgical team is able to repair your elbow using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to repair damage in the elbow joint. This type of surgery only requires small incisions and specialized surgical tools to repair or replace damaged areas of the joint.

Following elbow surgery, your provider can recommend physical therapy to promote healing in your joint and to restore your elbow’s range of motion.

To find out if you’re a candidate for surgery to treat a painful elbow injury, call Hand and Microsurgery Associates today to schedule a consultation.