Chances are, you’ve bumped your ‘funny bone’ and quickly realized there’s nothing humorous about it. Despite how common elbow injuries are, they can range from minor to severe. Elbows are such a crucial part of performing our daily activities that we often overlook their importance. We use our elbows for everything from reading to working at our computers, to playing sports and driving our cars. It’s critical that we ensure their functionality of our safely and enjoyment.
Our board-certified orthopaedic physicians and pain specialists at Elmhurst Orthopaedics will perform an initial examination to determine the cause and severity of your elbow pain. During this examination, your orthopaedic physician will assess your range of motion, quality of movement, strength, and overall functionality of your elbow. After your examination, your orthopaedic physician will develop a comprehensive personalized treatment plan to decrease your pain and improve mobility, strength, and function, while preventing re-injury.
How the Elbow Works
The elbow joint is the site where the long bone at the top of your arm (the humerus) meets the two bones of your forearm (the radius and the ulna). It’s know as a hinge joint. This means that you can bend your arm. The upper part of your radius can also rotate on the smooth surface of the capitellum which is a part of your humerus and helps you to twist your forearm.
The end of your humerus has two main bony parts which you can feel at the sides of your elbow. These are:
- the lateral epicondyle on the outside of your arm
- the medial epicondyle on the inside of your arm.
The lateral epicondyle is attached to the muscles helps to straighten (extend) your wrist and fingers. These extensor muscles are connected to your brain and nervous system primarily through your radial nerve, which travels on the outside of your elbow.
So that you can flex your wrists and fingers and grasp objects, the medial epicondyle is attached to these flexor muscles; which are connected to your brain and nervous system primarily through your median nerve and runs in front of your elbow.
Your ulnar nerve, which lies just below the medial epicondyle, is chiefly responsible for the movements of the small muscles of your hand. These are useful for precise and delicate hand movements. If you hit your funny bone, you’re pressing on your ulnar nerve.
- Biceps Tendon Tear
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Fractures/Stress Fracture
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Limited movement
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Muscle Strain
- Neck Arm Pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Olecranon Bursitis
- Pinched Nerve
- Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury or Overuse Injuries
for Elbow Pain:
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication
- Fracture Care
- Physical Therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)
- Steroid (Cortisone) Injections
for Elbow Pain:
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Nerve Decompression
- Reduction for Dislocated Elbow
- Tendon Reattachment
- Total Elbow Replacement
Importance of Treating Elbow Pain
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention promptly as some elbow injuries may severe and require surgery. At Elmhurst Orthopaedics, we aim to restore your elbow to its optimal condition so that you can achieve all of your wellness goals.
When persistent elbow pain disrupts your quality of life, our medical team at Elmhurst Orthopaedics is here to provide you with high-quality personalized care to ensure your long-term health. Our expert orthopaedic surgeons and pain specialists will provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a personalized comprehensive treatment plan, using surgical treatment as a last-resort option.