Elbow Pain: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Administrator 14. April 2015 08:26

Elbow pain may result due to a number of reasons such as a blow to the elbow, an injury or inflammation of the joint. Elbow joint is made of a number of muscles, tendons and ligaments, which can be injured and cause ebow pain. Elbow pain is quite common among athletes and sports persons, especially those involved in contact sports.

Causes

Some of the common causes of elbow pain include

  • Repetitive use of elbow
  • Wear and tear
  • Sports injury
  • Broken bone
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Skin growths such as cysts or tumors
  • Infection of the elbow
  • Dislocation
  • Nerve entrapment and compression

Symptoms

Depending upon the disorder, disease or condition, the symptoms of elbow pain vary. However some of the common symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Warm sensation
  • Shoulder, arm, hand or finger pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced mobility
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity of the elbow
  • Itching feeling
  • Numbness

Diagnosis

To diagnose the cause of pain the orthopedic doctor may examine the elbow and ask some questions about the medical history of the patient. The surgeon may also take details like the duration of pain, nature of injury and any other symptoms that you have. The orthopedic surgeon can also prescribe certain imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI, and CT scan to rule out any fracture or bone damage and to diagnose the condition.

Treatment

The orthopedic doctor devises a treatment plan depending upon the symptoms and the cause of the pain. Ignoring the serious pain symptoms may lead to paralysis or serious damage, immobility and nerve damage.

If the pain is mild, then the doctor may advice resting for some time, using ice packs, compression and over-the-counter pain medications. However for treating serious elbow pain the doctor may prescribe physical therapy, prescription drugs and even surgery. Certain serious conditions such as elbow fracture, bicep tear and tennis elbow are treated surgically. The orthopedic surgeons use an arthroscope, a small instrument with a camera. They insert this instrument into the elbow by making a small incision and repair any damage that causes pain. Patients with ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow also require surgery to repair the nerves. To recover effectively after the surgery, you may require physical therapy to return the range of motion and strength to the elbow.

For complete treatment of elbow pain, visit Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment, call (972) 492 - 1334 or visit  4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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