Elbow pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as osteoarthritis, or of a recent injury, such as a fall, or overuse conditions, such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. The onset of osteoarthritis, a condition involving the degeneration of joint cartilage, often occurs in people with a history of elbow injuries.
When to See an Elbow Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of elbow pain, it's important to seek treatment and care from an elbow specialist or doctor as soon as possible before your condition worsens.
- Elbow pain that radiates down from the shoulder through the arm and hand
- Pain that increases with use, is not relieved by rest, and occurs when not in use
- Experiencing swelling and bruising around the elbow
- Trouble moving or using your elbow as normal; using your arm, turning palm up or down
Patients should also seek medical treatment from a doctor if you have severe pain or if redness and swelling increase, as this could be a sign of a serious problem requiring treatment or surgery by an orthopaedic specialist who specializes in the elbow.
Common elbow conditions and overuse injuries patients suffer from include:
- Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis
- Golfer's elbow
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Elbow arthritis, dislocations, fractures
- Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear
- Distal biceps tendon rupture
- Sports, recreational, work-related, or home improvement activities and responsibilities
At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, we understand that pain in the elbow joint can limit your ability to complete everyday activities. Our orthopaedic and sports medicine doctor and surgeon who specialize in the elbow know that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective care plan for your individual condition, and they are dedicated to providing you with all available treatment options including both nonsurgical and surgery.
Consult with one of our elbow specialists by requesting an appointment online or calling (928) 773-2280.
Why choose Flagstaff Bone & Joint?
Our elbow doctor and surgeon at Flagstaff Bone & Joint have completed specialized training specifically in the elbow, including fellowship training. With this advanced training, Dr. John H. Flint and Dr. Kevin O'Donnell have the expertise and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your elbow injury or condition individually to your needs, exhausting nonsurgical treatments before considering elbow surgery.
Learn About The Sports Medicine Center at Flagstaff Bone & Joint
Working with athletes and the great range of injuries and conditions they can endure, our sports medicine doctors at our sports medicine center also specialize in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the elbow. Click here to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Tips for Healthy Joints
As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat elbows with care as they age.
To sustain mobility and freedom from pain, move your elbow through its full range of motion. Move slowly and gently to avoid injury or overextension.
Avoid overextension or stress positions.
Avoid a stiff elbow by not staying in the same position for a prolonged period of time.