Your elbow joint has the responsibility of helping your arm move and function. When it suffers an injury or a condition, it affects your ability to perform even routine tasks throughout the day. Fortunately, the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio offers a variety of treatments to relieve your pain and restore your mobility. Whether you require medication, physical therapy or surgical correction, we will provide you with comprehensive diagnostic services to ensure you receive the right treatment plan for your needs.
There are numerous elbow conditions and injuries we diagnose and treat at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio: Biceps Tendon Rupture
The tendons that attach the biceps muscle to the upper arm bone can sometimes tear or rupture. While the arm can still function with this injury, the function may be reduced or restricted. Because tears and ruptures don’t heal on their own, surgery is often needed to repair the damage and restore full mobility.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
This disorder involves the ulnar nerve, also known as the “funny bone.” Pressure on the nerve can lead to numbness and tingling, as well as weakness in the hand. If conservative treatment approaches do not provide the desired relief, surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure.
Osteoarthritis is a disorder that usually develops over time as the cartilage that forms a cushion between the joint bones. In some cases, osteoarthritis is the result of an injury. The condition, which may lead to persistent pain mobility loss can be treated through a variety of measures.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition caused by overuse of the joint. While it is frequently associated with athletes, it can also occur in people who perform repetitive motions at their jobs. Nonsurgical treatments are usually prescribed before considering a surgical correction.
Like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is an overuse injury that comes on as a result of repetitive motion. It occurs when the tendons that attach to the forearm muscles become inflamed. Treatment begins with rest and physical therapy. Surgery is rarely needed for this condition.
An elbow dislocation is a painful injury that occurs when the bones are forced out of position. In most cases, our surgeons can put the bones back into alignment without surgery, but surgery may be needed if there is an additional injury like a bone fracture or tendon tear.
Elbow Sprains and Fractures
Sprains are injuries to the soft tissue, while fractures are breaks in one or more of the bones of the elbow joint. Both these injuries can be treated at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio through immobility (splinting and casting), or with surgical correction when necessary.
Treatments and Procedures for the Elbow
Depending on the nature of your condition or injury, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Arthroscopy is a less invasive surgical method that allows our surgeon to see inside the elbow joint to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment. In some cases, damage can also be corrected using the same technique.
Medications and Injections
Anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections may be used over the short-term to relieve pain and restore mobility. These are frequently prescribed in conjunction with a period of resting the joint.
A splint or cast may be recommended to immobilize the joint so that healing can take place. This treatment is a common approach to fractures by can be effectively used for other types of injuries as well.
Exercises under the guidance of a licensed therapist can restore strength to the joint as well as range of motion. Physical therapy may be prescribed as a stand-alone treatment or after surgery to help the patient regain the full function of the joint.
Surgery is generally regarded as a last line of treatment when other therapies do not produce the desired effect. Surgery can be done to repair the joint or replace it entirely, depending on the needs of the patient.
At the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, we understand the impact an elbow injury or disorder can have on your entire life. We offer comprehensive diagnostics as well as a range of treatment options to reduce pain, restore mobility and help you get back to your daily activities as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio today at 419-222-6622.