Orthopedic surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating various elbow problems, ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions. Here are different types of elbow problems commonly treated by our orthopedic surgeons:
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Tennis elbow is a condition characterized by inflammation and pain on the outside of the elbow. Orthopedic surgeons may recommend non-surgical treatments such as rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or the use of braces or splints. In severe cases, surgical options like arthroscopy or tendon repair may be considered.
- Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but the pain is located on the inside of the elbow. Treatment options include rest, physical therapy, pain medication, and the use of braces or splints. In some cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.
- Elbow Fractures: Fractures of the elbow can occur due to trauma or falls. Orthopedic surgeons evaluate the fracture severity and location to determine the appropriate treatment, which may involve immobilization with a cast or splint, closed reduction (manipulation of the fractured bones without surgery), or open reduction and internal fixation (surgical realignment of the bones using plates, screws, or wires).
- Elbow Dislocation: Elbow dislocation occurs when the bones in the joint are forced out of their normal position. Orthopedic surgeons perform a physical examination and may order imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment typically involves closed reduction to relocate the joint, followed by immobilization with a splint or cast. In some cases, surgery may be required to repair ligament or tendon damage.
- Olecranon Bursitis: This condition involves inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the elbow joint. Orthopedic surgeons may recommend non-surgical treatments such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E), as well as anti-inflammatory medications and aspiration of fluid from the bursa. In chronic or recurrent cases, surgical removal of the bursa may be considered.
It’s important to note that the specific treatment approach may vary depending on the severity of the condition, patient factors, and the surgeon’s expertise. Our orthopedic surgeons will carefully assess each individual case and develop a personalized treatment plan to address the specific elbow problem and help patients regain function and reduce pain.