When Should You See an Elbow Doctor?
Your elbow is a dynamic array of cartilage, muscles, and tendons that provide support, stability, and ease of movement. It is a hinge joint consisting of three bones. The upper portion of the hinge is at the end of your upper arm bone (humerus). The lower part is the top of your two forearm bones (radius and ulna).
Given the elbow's vital role in many types of movement, it's easy to see how problems with it can have a serious impact on your daily life. Depending on your specific elbow condition or injury, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. Some problems cause mild, persistent, or nagging pain, while more traumatic injuries can lead to debilitating pain or limited joint mobility. Any amount of discomfort should be taken seriously and diagnosed by an expert elbow physician at Resurgens.
What Causes Elbow Pain?
A variety of jobs, hobbies, sports, and physical activities can place stress on the elbow, and frequent, repetitive elbow motions may lead to overuse injuries. There are many different types of elbow conditions - including arthritis, hyperextensions, and trauma-related injuries - and each requires a specific treatment plan. If you experience persistent pain, swelling around the joint, or have significant trouble moving the joint, it's important to schedule an appointment with a highly trained Resurgens elbow doctor.
How We Diagnose Your Elbow Pain
The elbow is a complex mechanism that's at risk of developing a wide variety of conditions. For that reason, we place a high priority on properly diagnosing your specific condition before starting treatment.
Correctly diagnosing the cause of your elbow condition is vital for proper treatment. Our physicians and doctors use top-of-the-line radiography equipment to provide diagnostics and imaging. These include CT scans, EMG, MRI scans, and nerve conduction studies.
Certified technologists operate our equipment. These professionals receive extensive vetting - and recurring training - on the latest imaging techniques and procedures. You may also need to receive electrodiagnostic screening to determine your condition.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Elbow Pain
After assessing how your injury or condition occurred and its severity, your physician will determine the best treatment for you. Not every visit to an elbow doctor will result in surgery, and there are a variety of non-surgical treatment options that we offer when appropriate. These may include injections, bracing, casting, physical rehabilitation, and dedicated elbow therapy.
Our elbow therapists have advanced training and expertise in rehabilitation and work closely with our elbow physicians to ensure that each patient is returned to the highest level of function and pain relief possible. Visit our elbow procedures page to learn more about your non-surgical treatment options.
Surgical Treatment for Elbow Pain
More critical elbow conditions or injuries may require a surgical solution. At Resurgens, our elbows doctors will not recommend surgery unless all conservative methods have been exhausted. Surgical procedures can range from minimally-invasive arthroscopic treatments to intensive procedures like Tommy John tendon grafts.
If your elbow physician recommends a surgical solution, you can rest assured knowing that our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are respected experts in their field.