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Elbow Pain Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

Anyone who participates in sports, especially tennis, golf, or pitching, is at risk of developing elbow pain. But you can also end up with an extremely painful elbow from other common problems such as bursitis and arthritis. No matter what causes your elbow pain, double board-certified pain specialist Daniel Loder, MD, and his team provide personalized treatment that meets your goals. They offer a range of effective elbow pain treatment options, including conservative, interventional, and regenerative therapies. To get relief from elbow pain, book an appointment online, or call one of the Los Angeles area offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, or Manhattan Beach, California.

Elbow Pain

What causes elbow pain?

Elbow pain can begin as an acute injury that causes a fracture, dislocates the joint, or tears a tendon. You can also develop elbow pain due to arthritis or bursitis. In active adults, however, elbow pain most often occurs due to overuse injuries.

When you perform repetitive arm movements that place stress on your elbow, the soft tissues develop small tears. With enough rest between activities, these tears naturally heal.

If you don’t give your elbow enough time to heal, the small tears in your tendons, ligaments, and muscles get worse, causing pain and inflammation.

The most common overuse injuries include:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Pitcher’s elbow (valgus extension overload)
  • Inflamed ulnar nerve (ulnar neuritis)
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injury
  • Flexor tendonitis
  • Stress fracture

Tennis and golfer’s elbow occur when tendons become inflamed. Pitcher’s elbow develops when the protective cartilage on one of the arm bones, the ulna, wears away.

What symptoms develop, in addition to elbow pain?

The injuries that cause elbow pain also result in other symptoms. You may experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint locking
  • Loss of elbow movement
  • Loss of arm strength
  • Limited movement in the arm or wrist

 

You may also develop a weak grip or find that you can move your elbow but not your wrist.

How is elbow pain treated?

The treatment you receive for elbow pain depends on the underlying cause of the pain and the severity of the injury.

The Daniel Loder, MD, team begins your treatment with the most conservative options. They may recommend rest or activity modification, immobilizing your elbow, starting physical therapy, or injecting a steroid to reduce severe inflammation.

Complex fractures and torn ligaments or tendons often need surgical intervention to ensure the tissues heal properly, and you regain optimal strength.

The team can help with severe or chronic elbow pain using advanced treatments such as:

  • Orthobiologic treatments
  • Nerve block
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Trigger point injection
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Orthobiologic treatments are regenerative treatments that activate healing and restore damaged tissues.

The other treatments in the list are examples of interventional medicine therapies. Your provider identifies the nerves transmitting pain signals from the elbow to your brain, then interventional treatments block the signals, providing significant pain relief. 

If you struggle with elbow pain, call Daniel Loder, MD, or schedule an appointment online.