Our elbow doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for elbow injuries and conditions.
Elbow doctors often work with senior patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and are able to offer them solutions that can reduce their pain and help improve their quality of life. Another patient group elbow doctors work with frequently are athletes, both those who are serious about their sport and those who participate just for exercise and recreation. The names of these common elbow conditions often reflect the sport that person participates in, such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. However, a person does not need to play these sports in order to develop these conditions, and anyone who overuses their elbow joint or misuses it is at risk for these injuries as well as similar repetitive stress injuries.
When a patient comes to them for help, an elbow doctor must assess the entire elbow, including the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, before offering a diagnosis and treatment option. While elbow injuries are fairly common, only elbow doctors have specialized dedication and expertise regarding the elbow, and because of this, patients should seek out an experienced elbow doctor if they have elbow pain.
When It's Time to See an Elbow Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if an elbow problem can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further elbow damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best elbow care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your elbow joint or the surrounding tissues:
- Both bending and straightening the elbow causes pain
- Bruising around the elbow
- Hands and wrists feel weak or limp
- Numbness in the ring finger
- Pain radiates from the elbow down to the forearm and wrist
- Pain radiates from the elbow up to the shoulder
- Sense of looseness or elbow instability
- Tenderness in the inner elbow
- Unable to straighten the elbow
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious elbow condition, such as:
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Dislocated elbow
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Olecranon bursitis
- Pinched nerves
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulnar nerve entrapment
Our orthopedic doctors understand that elbow pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our elbow doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our elbow specialists also understand that some injuries occurs when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your elbow pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of elbow injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if elbow surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical elbow procedures, such as Tommy John surgery and surgical repair for fractures. Our elbow surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our orthopedic elbow surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.