Elbow Injuries – Did You Know?
The elbow is a complex joint that allows you to perform pushing and pulling movements and to rotate your forearm. Elbow pain can be caused by injury or strain to the bones in the elbow joint, the surrounding muscles, or tendons, which attach the muscles to the bones.
Expert Elbow Specialists in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic elbow specialists, Dr. Cadet, Dr. Jernigan, Dr. Schreiber, Dr. Tuttle, Dr. Wein, and Dr. Wyker, provide a complete range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for elbow conditions. The Raleigh Orthopaedic elbow surgeons work closely with our on-site Certified Hand Therapists to treat a wide variety of conditions using conservative alternatives to ensure our patients receive the most appropriate care for their elbow condition.
Each of our clinics throughout Wake County offer elbow specialists with comprehensive care and advice for your elbow injury.
Common Elbow Issues Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic
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Choose Raleigh Orthopaedic to be your official orthopaedic provider. We can help diagnose and treat any elbow related injury or condition. Schedule an appointment with an elbow specialist today.
Elbow Clinics in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic provides treatment for elbow injuries and conditions at six separate clinics throughout Wake County. Our clinics can be found in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and West Cary-Panther Creek.
Elbow Specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic
The orthopaedic specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic can handle a wide range of conditions and injuries in the elbow.
Elbow Treatments in Wake County
Repetitive movements that are common to some sports and jobs frequently overstress the elbow joint resulting in injury. When problems related to tendon tears, instability, fractures, arthritis and other conditions impede movement, both surgical and non-surgical treatments are considered to ease elbow pain and help restore movement.
The elbow is a hinged joint, or a joint moving in one direction permitting only flexion and extension, made up of three bones: humerus, ulna and radius. The ends of the bones are covered with cartilage, which allows the joints to slide easily against one another and absorb shock. An extensive network of ligaments helps the elbow joint maintain its stability.
The ligaments of the elbow joint include the medial collateral ligament (on the inside of the elbow), the lateral collateral ligament (on the outside of the elbow) and the annular ligament (which holds the radial head tight against the ulna). Because so many muscles originate or insert near the elbow, it is a common site for injury.
Nonsurgical Treatment for Your Elbow Pain
Our specialists will diagnose the cause of your elbow pain and offer treatment options to relieve your pain. Some typical elbow pain symptoms include pain or burning on the outer part or inner part of the elbow, weak grip strength, swelling, or numbness or tingling of the elbow, forearm or hand.
The goal at Raleigh Orthopaedic is to provide the highest quality, professional and personalized service in a caring and positive atmosphere. From injuries to aches and pains, Raleigh Orthopaedic is your local source for excellent orthopedic care.
Prior to any suggested course of treatment, our elbow specialists will ask you for a complete medical history, have you describe your symptoms and how the injury occurred, and conduct a physical examination. An X-Ray or MRI may be necessary to confirm the proper diagnosis and determine if there are other problems.
Once your specific condition has been determined to not need surgical treatment, our experts will come up with a treatment plan catered to you. These typically involve restricting movement of the elbow, activities to avoid, anti-inflammatory medications, or physical therapy.
Reasons for Elbow Surgery
Raleigh Orthopaedic elbow surgeons may recommend surgery if you have one of the following conditions:
- You elbow pain continues despite nonsurgical treatments
- Pain after extensive use
- Loss of range of motion
- Persistent pain in your elbow
- You can no longer perform daily activities
- Stiffness after long periods of rest or inactivity
- If your injury or condition limits your athletic performance
Bicep Tendon Tear Surgery
The biceps muscle is located in the front of your upper arm and attached to the bones of the shoulder and elbow by two tendons. The tendon at the elbow attaches to a part of the radius bone and is called the distal biceps tendon. Bicep tendon tears at the elbow are uncommon and are often caused by sudden injury. Surgery can be performed through an incision in the front of your elbow, which allows the tendon to be reattached. There are many screws and devices, which can be used by the surgeon to reattach the tendon.
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to inspect, diagnose and repair problems inside the elbow joint. In this procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions and uses a small video camera (called an arthroscope) to see inside the joint. Tiny instruments are used to correct the problem. Elbow arthroscopy is now used to treat many complex elbow conditions, including trauma, contracture, stiffness, tendinitis, tennis elbow, removal of loose cartilage and bone fragments, release of scar tissue to improve range of motion, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteochondritis dissecans.
UCL Reconstruction Surgery
A UCL tear is a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow and is one of the most common injuries in throwing athletes. Athletes with an unstable or torn UCL are candidates for this surgical procedure often referred to as “Tommy John surgery”. To surgically repair the UCL and restore elbow strength and stability, the ligament is reconstructed when the physician replaces the torn ligament with a tissue graft. This graft acts as scaffolding for a new ligament to grow on. Most times the ligament can be reconstructed using one of the patient’s own tendons, which is known as an autograft, from another part of the body and put into the elbow.