Arm and Elbow Conditions
We treat the following arm and elbow conditions:
Biceps tear at the elbow
Often caused when the elbow is forced to straighten, a bicep tear may “pop” and be accompanied by severe pain that will lessen over the next few weeks. Depending on the severity of the tear, surgery may be necessary to regain strength in the upper arm.
Although uncommon, a dislocation of the elbow most often results from car accidents and falls. The amount of swelling and tenderness depends on whether it was a partial or complete dislocation. Immediate treatment to realign the elbow is advised.
Bursitis is a common condition that causes swelling and pain around muscles and bones. Bursitis is the swelling of the bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, tendons, or skin.
Elbow fractures in children
Most fractures around the elbow joint are caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm. The force of hitting the ground may fracture the bone.
Forearm fractures in children
Several types of fractures may occur in the forearm, from the wrist to the elbow. Fractures in children heal at a much faster rate than adults. Immediate attention to straighten the arm with a splint or cast is necessary for proper healing.
Olecranon (elbow) fractures
The tip of the elbow can easily be broken or fractured with a direct or indirect blow to the elbow. Typically the arm will be difficult to move, and the elbow may be painful to straighten. A sling or cast is often used to keep the elbow in place as it heals.
Radial head fractures
The radial head, a small bone near the elbow, can easily break by extending the arm to break a fall. Even the smallest type of fracture hinders elbow movement.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Often seen in tennis players, tennis elbow results from overuse. Pain can increase over time and may be controlled with rest and proper treatment.
Throwing injuries in the elbow in children
A common problem with baseball players, especially pitchers, is increased pain in the elbow. If left untreated, throwing injuries can lead to surgery.
Ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome)
Unwanted pressure to the ulnar nerve may create numbness or pain in the shoulder-to-hand area. Although the exact cause is unknown, typically non-surgical measures can correct the issue.