Elbow Conditions

We provide services for a wide spectrum of inpatients and outpatients. A team approach, including physicians, advance practice providers, and nurses, occupational therapy, and social services, is designed to ensure that the patient receives the care and training necessary to resume or improve previous levels of activity.

Elbow

Orthopedics Elbow Graphic

Elbow injuries can happen suddenly, as in a fall, or from wear and tear from everyday movement and activity. When injury occurs, the elbow’s ability to function is disrupted, impacting the intricate workings of bones, muscles, ligaments and other structures. Treatments for elbow problems may include therapy, injections, medications or surgery.

Bursitis

Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a sac allowing smooth movement of the skin over the bone, becomes inflamed and fills with fluid, most likely caused by a hit to the elbow, repetitive strain placed on elbow from pressure, or an infection.

Symptoms:

  • Swelling or fluid over the tip of the elbow
  • Pain at the tip of the elbow
  • Pain increases when pressure is put on the tip of the elbow
  • Some limited movement in elbow
  • When inflamed or infected, the skin is red and warm to the touch

Forearm Fracture

Forearm fractures are caused by bones broken between the elbow and wrist, and are vital to the movement of this area.

Symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness and swelling in the area
  • Deformity of the forearm
  • Possible open wound
  • Unable to turn or rotate forearm

Osteoarthritis of the Elbow

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage deteriorates in the joint, and the surface loses its ability to prevent shock to the joint.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in elbow
  • Loss of movement
  • Sensation of catching or grinding in elbow
  • Swelling may appear
  • Tingling and/or numbness may be present

Rupture of the Distal Biceps Tendon at the Elbow

Injury to the distal biceps tendon involves the tendon pulling away from where it is attached to the forearm, causing a rupture.

Symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling in the front of the elbow
  • Weakness when bending or twisting the elbow
  • Bruising
  • Snap or pop at time of injury

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition associated with painful irritation in the elbow that is often caused by overuse.

Symptoms:

  • Pain on outside of elbow, may radiate down forearm
  • Pain when gripping or lifting objects