Elbow Pain Evaluated & Treated by Orthopedic Joint Specialists Practicing in Freehold & Monroe Township, NJ
Elbow pain is very common and often results from repetitive arm, hand, or wrist movements, such as those involved in swinging a tennis racquet, golf club, or baseball bat. In addition to overuse injuries like medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow), elbow pain can result from arthritis or trauma, such as a direct blow or a fall that causes a muscle strain, ligament sprain, bone fracture, or joint dislocation.
If elbow pain is interfering with your daily activities, you can consult with a specialist at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Freehold or Monroe Township, New Jersey. At our state-of-the-art facilities, you can receive a prompt diagnosis of the cause of your elbow pain and an individualized plan to treat it. Our experts can help you feel better, faster.
The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis
The key to finding effective and lasting relief from elbow pain is an accurate diagnosis. To identify the source of your discomfort, an orthopedic joint specialist at AOSMI will review your symptoms, discuss your medical history, and perform a physical examination. The diagnostic process may include imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI scan, to help your physician evaluate the bones and soft tissues in and around your elbow. When appropriate, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons can perform arthroscopic surgery to diagnose (and treat) osteochondral defects, such as microfractures and lesions in the elbow joint.
Elbow Pain Treatment Options
At AOSMI, we offer a full range of conservative and surgical treatment options for elbow pain, and we emphasize nonsurgical treatment whenever possible. We often suggest that our patients begin with the PRICE protocol, which involves:
- Protecting the elbow with a brace or cast to help prevent further damage
- Resting and avoiding activities that worsen the pain
- Icing the inflamed area to reduce swelling
- Compressing the elbow with an elastic bandage
- Elevating the arm above heart level
If needed, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce painful inflammation in the elbow. If appropriate, we may discuss injections, platelet-rich plasma therapy, or surgery, such as an open reduction and internal fixation to address an elbow fracture, or an incision and drainage to address severe bursitis or an infected bursa in the elbow.
Once elbow pain improves, a gradual return to activity is best. Many people begin by practicing the arm motions involved in their sport. For instance, a golf instructor can assess a golf swing to confirm that the technique is correct.
If you’d like to discuss your elbow pain with an expert at AOSMI, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ.