Hand and Microsurgery Associates
Elbow Injuries Q & A
What are some common elbow injuries?
Some of the most common types of elbow injuries and conditions the staff at Hand and Microsurgery Associates treat include:
- 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?
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?
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.