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Common Elbow Injuries

4973157965_6fdc70f714_oAs simple as the elbow appears to be, it is actually a complex series of joints contained within a single joint capsule. We take our elbows for granted until they suddenly become the source of our aches and pains.

There are a number of injuries and conditions that can inhibit use of the elbow, thus hampering one’s lifestyle. Read below for the symptoms and treatment options for three of the most common elbow injuries.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis usually occurs due to overuse of the elbow, resulting in strain and inflammation in the tendons surrounding the joint. Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is one of two types of tendonitis. It affects the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, or the outside of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, affects the inside of the elbow at the medial epicondyle of the humerus.

For minor cases, the common RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method works well. For more advanced cases, an orthopedic specialist will prescribe treatment ranging from physical therapy to surgical procedures to anti-inflammatory medication.

UCL Injury 

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) can become injured either through repetitive overhead movements that stress the joint or an acute rupture. Baseball or softball pitchers are common victims of this painful condition. Treatment varies depending on the level of injury to the ligament and should be prescribed by a Florida orthopedic specialist for best results.

Bursitis

Bursitis occurs when there is an acute injury to the outside of the elbow, such as a hard blow. The bursae, which are synovial sacs of fluid protecting the joints around the body, become inflamed and painful to the touch, often causing joint pain and stiffness as well. Severe cases of bursitis must be treated by an orthopedic specialist, who can drain the elbow to relieve pressure on the joint.

If you are experiencing chronic pain in your elbow or other joints, it is important to consult an orthopedic physician for appropriate diagnosis. Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is Jacksonville’s leader in joint care, replacement and orthopedic care. We’ll work with you to find the least invasive solutions to chronic or acute pain so that you can regain a fully active lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

Frank Collier, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Frank Collier is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and Pain Management Specialist who specializes in the treatment of injuries and illnesses that affect how people move and function while living with pain.

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