Overuse injuries related to sports account for many cases of elbow pain, but repetitive movements from other activities can lead to the same problems. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists have extensive experience determining the exact cause of your elbow pain and developing an individualized treatment plan to keep you active. Please book an appointment online or call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Elbow pain stems from degenerative disease, injuries, and inflammation due to overuse. The most common causes include:
The team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists treat elbow pain caused by fractures and conditions such as:
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Tendons that attach the forearm muscle to the outside of your elbow develop small tears and inflammation due to repetitive arm movements.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Similar to tennis elbow but it affects the tendons that attach your forearm to the inside of your elbow.
Cubital tunnel syndrome
The ulnar nerve travels from your neck down to your hand. As it passes around the elbow, it goes through a small space called the cubital tunnel, where it can become compressed and cause cubital tunnel syndrome.
You have elbow instability when the joint is loose, causing it to pop or slide out of place during specific arm movements. Injuries, such as elbow dislocations, usually cause instability.
Elbow ligament injuries
Three ligaments support your elbow by providing stability and allowing rotation. Trauma or overuse can injure any of these tendons.
Biceps and triceps injuries and tendonitis
Biceps and triceps injuries usually involve the tendons that attach the muscles to your shoulder bone and elbow. The most common problems are tendonitis (inflammation of one of the tendons), tendon tears, or tendon dislocations.
Treatment for elbow pain always depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the condition. Your doctor at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists creates an individualized plan that may include one or more of the following:
Depending on your diagnosis, you may need to temporarily rest your elbow or stay active while protecting it from stress. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid injections may help relieve pain and inflammation. Physical therapy that incorporates structured exercise, rehabilitation, ultrasound, or massage also helps relieve elbow pain and improve function.
Surgery is often the best option for torn ligaments and tendons. Otherwise, surgery is only advisable if your symptoms don’t improve after about 6-12 months of conservative treatment.
Getting appropriate treatment for your elbow pain can help you avoid future instability. Please call the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists or book an appointment online.