Elbow Pain

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Elbow Pain

Elbow pain can develop suddenly or slowly over time. Injured tendons, ligaments and compressed nerves can all be sources of elbow pain. The Interventional Pain Doctors team of orthopedic and pain management specialists will correctly diagnose and set up the correct treatment for your condition.

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What are the causes?

Pain at the elbow may arise from compressed nerves in the neck and arm or from injured tendons that attach to the elbow.

  • Compressed nerves from the neck (radiculopathy)
  • Overuse injuries from repetitive movements
  • Trauma or infection of the bursa, causing olecranon bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fracture
  • Ligament strain/sprain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms

  • Burning or aching at the elbow with movement
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain

Diagnosis

The Interventional Pain Doctors team of orthopedic and pain management specialists can diagnose elbow pain causes during a comprehensive history and physical examination. In addition, we may also request diagnostic tests such as an MRI, ultrasound, X-rays or EMG.

This condition, commonly called golfer's elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is primarily felt at the medial epicondyle, the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow.

Treatment

Conservative care including physical therapy, icing, rest, bracing are often recommended to relieve symptoms. When conservative treatments fail, injections may be recommended for treatment of medial and lateral epicondylitis. Traditionally this was done using steroid, but the Interventional Pain Doctors team orthopedic and pain management specialists employ advanced techniques using PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections which have a 90% and upward success rate. These cutting edge treatments are considered experimental by insurance and are an out-of-pocket expense (not typically covered by medical insurance).

This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is primarily felt at the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow.

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