Treatment for Orthopaedic Elbow Injuries
The elbow is a hinging joint that allows the forearm and hand to function properly. Common elbow conditions include tendinitis (or tennis elbow), arthritis and bursitis. Without the stability of this important structure, your regular daily activities can be greatly impacted. Cary Orthopaedics provides a comprehensive treatment approach to fully restore your elbow mobility. Whether you need conservative care, minimally invasive surgery, our bone and joint experts strive to get you back in the game or back to you pain-free life.
Non-operative treatment for elbow pain
Due to the variety of elbow injuries and disorders, we treat each case differently. Generally, we will first approach your treatment conservatively, which may include activity modification, cold or heat therapies, splinting, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, etc.
In the case of an acute elbow dislocation or major injury, we will order x-rays or other tests to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. A dislocated elbow would be relocated to its normal position, and the elbow will then be immobilized usually in a brace or splint. Additional examination for stability, circulation and any nerve injury will be conducted. Any findings of circulatory or nerve damage will need to be addressed immediately by a specialist.
In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. In many instances, your elbow is more likely to return to its full mobility if surgery is performed sooner rather than later. At Cary Orthopaedics, we use leading techniques like minimally invasive surgery, which has led to high success rates. Our surgical procedures include:
- Ligament reconstruction arthroscopy
- Elbow arthritis surgery
- Elbow tendon repair
- Elbow joint replacement
- Nerve transposition surgery
If surgery must be performed, it will be important that physical therapy for the elbow be instituted to maximize its use along with the wrist and hand. This regimen will take several months after the procedure has been completed and healing is underway.