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Your elbow is a crucial joint that allows you to lift, throw and bend your arm to perform a variety of activities. Unfortunately, that means a lot can go wrong from overuse due to your job or sports injuries. The elbow is a bit harder than other bodily joints, but accidents can happen. No matter the cause, the result is often the same: elbow pain.
If you struggle with this complaint, then it’s essential to find the cause. The professionals at Spine Institute of North America are here to ensure you find out what’s causing your elbow pain and receive the most appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms.
What Is Elbow Pain?
Elbow pain is seemingly simple to define — it’s pain in your elbow. However, many components work together to make your elbow the useful joint it is. Problems with any of these can create issues with your elbow.
The elbow is located where three different bones come together: the ulna and radius of the forearm and the upper arm’s humerus. These bones all have cartilage, which allows them to slide against each other and also acts as a shock absorber. Tough ligaments hold the bones in place, and tendons connect them to muscles that enable you to move. Any issues that arise with these bodily parts — or the nerves and blood vessels — can cause you to experience elbow pain.
The Causes of Elbow Pain
If you’re having recurring or continual pain in your elbow, a variety of causes could be the culprit. Our goal is to find the right one, so we can get you the treatment you need. In addition to other medical conditions, some of the common causes of elbow pain we see include:
- Dislocation: One of the bones that form your elbow could have gotten knocked out of place.
- Fracture: A sudden blow can cause one of your arm bones to break near the elbow.
- Sprain or Strain: This is when the muscles or ligaments stretch or tear.
- Bursitis: Usually caused by repetitive motions, this is when small sacs of fluid in your joint become swollen.
- Tendinitis: Swelling in the tendons of your elbow from overuse can cause elbow pain.
- Trapped Nerves: Nerves in your arm can become trapped or squeezed because of overuse, leading to pain and numbness.
Treatment Options Available for Elbow Pain
When you come to New Jersey’s Spine Institute of North America, we’ll recommend some different treatment options. We always begin with conservative choices first and foremost. However, if these do not help, we may have to turn to a surgical solution. Our goal is to find a treatment that works for you, so you can return to a happy, active and pain-free lifestyle.
Non-surgical treatment options may include a combination of medication, physical therapy or cold and hot compresses for the affected area. However, our practice also specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures. We employ a variety of techniques including the use of regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma injections and other interventional treatment options, which will relieve painful symptoms in your elbow.
Treatment options might include:
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