Anyone who uses their arms can end up with elbow pain, but your risk is highest if you spend time playing tennis or golf or you’re a baseball or softball pitcher. No matter what causes your elbow pain, the experienced team at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute stands ready to provide you with complete care. They provide elbow pain services that include diagnostic procedures, conservative treatment, and elbow arthroscopy. To schedule an appointment, call the offices in Stockbridge or Griffin, Georgia, or use the online booking tool today.
Elbow pain often begins after a sudden injury that tears a tendon, dislocates the joint, or fractures the bones. Inflammatory conditions like arthritis and bursitis also result in elbow pain.
If you’re active, however, you’re most likely to develop elbow pain caused by an overuse injury. This kind of injury happens when you repeat the same arm movements, resulting in small tears in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A similar problem can happen in your bones when too much stress causes tiny cracks.
When the tissues don’t have time to heal, the small tears and cracks grow larger, and inflammation develops. Common overuse injuries affecting your elbow include:
Tennis and golfer’s elbow happen when tendons become inflamed. Pitcher’s elbow develops after the protective cartilage on one of the arm bones in the elbow joint wears away.
If you have elbow pain, there’s a good chance that the problem responsible for your pain will cause other symptoms. You can experience:
You could also suffer from a weak grip.
The best treatment for your elbow pain depends on your diagnosis and how severe the problem is. Your customized treatment plan could call for you to rest your elbow, wear a brace, or change your activities to reduce the stress of repetitive movements.
You might also need to start physical therapy, an important treatment for promoting healing and restoring strength and mobility.
The next step in your treatment could include cortisone or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Cortisone reduces inflammation. Platelets speed up healing and reduce inflammation.
If you still suffer from pain after these conservative therapies, your provider will talk with you about arthroscopy to repair the damage in your elbow. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that the team can use to correct any elbow problem.
You don’t need to put up with elbow pain when you can get expert care at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.