Treatment of elbow pain
The design of the elbow joint is complex -- it permits flexion (bending), extension, and rotation. One result of this complexity is that when pain of the elbow joint occurs, it can be hard to put your finger on the exact kind of motion that causes it.
In general, the elbow joint is much more resistant to wear and tear than joints in other parts of the body. Nevertheless, painful elbow conditions are most often caused by excessive, repetitive use -- many sports and professions require such movements of the arms, the wrists and hands.
Pain: Elbow - frequently asked questions
Three bones come together to form the elbow joint – the humerus or upper arm bone, and the radius and ulna, the two bones that the forearm is made of. Each of these bones is tipped with cartilage, and is held in place with heavy-duty tissue called ligaments. There are tendons that help muscles connect to the bones, as well
What are the causes of elbow pain?
When you break a fall with your outstretched arms, the shock to your arms can knock a bone out of place, resulting in a painful, dislocated elbow. It’s also possible to fracture one of the bones that make up the elbow playing a contact sport, or in an accident. Some people believe that it can’t be a fracture if they can move their elbow after such trauma, but this is not necessarily true. If you have elbow injuries that hurt when you move your elbow, you need medical attention. Elbow surgery or other care by an elbow care specialist in Orlando may be called for.
Torn muscle around an elbow (a strain), or torn ligaments (a sprain) can require the attention of a doctor, as well.
Wear-and-tear injuries of the elbow are exceedingly common. Moving repetitively in a particular way, day in and day out, say, to swing a racquet, or to lift boxes at work, can cause different kinds of elbow injuries. With bursitis, you inflame the bursae, the cushioning sacs of fluid, around the elbow. You may even experience pain that comes from cubital tunnel syndrome -- which is when the radial or ulnar nerves passing along your elbow, become compressed. Elbow pain tends to require timely care at an orthopaedic center near you.
What kind of elbow injuries do athletes experience?
With tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow (which isn’t restricted to tennis or golf players), repeated motion tends to damage the tendons of the elbow, and cause pain. Athletes who practice throwing a ball at high speeds every day can inflame the flexor-pronator tendons of the elbow. They may also experience inflammation or a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. You may need to see an expert in elbow treatment in Orlando for these injuries.
R.I.C.E. therapy (which is short for rest, icing, compression, and elevation), is the elbow treatment plan recommended for many kinds of stress-related pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen, steroid injections, laser treatment, or physical therapy, may be advised in other cases.
It’s never a good idea to ignore elbow pain. Timely medical attention can make for sound healing. An appointment with an expert orthopaedic elbow surgeon at the orthopaedic center at Touch of Health in Orlando, can be the first step to getting better.