What kinds of injuries could affect my elbow?
The team at Restore Osteo of Colorado has successfully treated elbow pain and other elbow injuries and disorders including:
- Tendon strains and tears
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Trapped nerves
- Elbow (olecranon) bursitis
- Nursemaid’s elbow
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Elbow instability
The Restore Osteo of Colorado team also excels at treating complex trauma involving some or all of the structures in your elbow.
How does the elbow work?
Your elbow consists of three bones:
The humerus is your upper arm bone, the radius and ulna are the bones that make up the forearm, and your elbow joint is where they meet. The bicep and tricep muscles in your upper arm control most of your elbow movements.
There’s also a large nerve running through your elbow. If you’ve ever bumped your “funny bone,” what you actually hurt is the ulnar nerve.
Your elbow plays a vital role in positioning your hand correctly as you go through your daily life. The joint is vulnerable to acute injuries but can also suffer as a result of over-compensating for damage in other parts of your body.
The compassionate experts at Restore Osteo of Colorado can identify the injury you’re dealing with and put a treatment plan together that will get you back to your usual active self.
How is elbow pain diagnosed?
To establish the correct course of treatment, your provider at Restore Osteo of Colorado first needs to assess your elbow. They examine the joint, review your medical history, and discuss the symptoms you’re experiencing as well as your general health.
The next stage is diagnostic testing, which could involve an X-ray, MRI scan, CT scan, or nerve function studies. When your provider knows what’s causing your elbow pain, you can begin your treatment.
How is elbow pain treated?
Your provider will usually recommend conservative care as a better option than surgery, at least to begin with. Initial treatments for elbow pain could include:
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Regenerative medicine
In most cases, conservative approaches to elbow pain are successful. If, however, your pain isn’t improving, your provider might recommend elbow surgery.
If you’re living with elbow pain, call Restore Osteo of Colorado to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.