Elbow Ligament and Tendon Tears2017-08-09T14:27:40-04:00

Elbow Ligament and Tendon Tears

elbow pain Blacksburg, VA

The elbow is a complex joint of the upper limb formed by the articulation of the long bone of the upper arm or humerus and the two bones of the forearm, namely, radius and ulna. It is one of the more important joints of upper limb and is involved in basic movements such as flexion and extension of the upper limb and rotation of the forearm.

The elbow joint is supported by the ulnar collateral ligament, radial collateral ligament and the annular ligament. These ligaments provide stability and strength to the elbow joint.

The elbow joint also has the attachment of the common flexor and common extensor tendons. These groups of muscles assist in rotational movement of forearm as well as the movements of the wrist and hand.

Injuries to the elbow joint do not necessarily have to be dislocations or fractures. The complex structure of tendons and ligaments that hold your bones together and attach to the muscles are crucial to elbow joint function. Injuries to the ligaments and tendons can occur with overuse or repetitive stress on the elbow joint.

Symptoms of Elbow Ligament and Tendon Tears

The most common conditions that affect the tendons around the elbow joint are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. The repetitive motions of these activities create overuse injury. The most common symptoms of ligament or tendon injury include:

  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Restricted movement.
  • Pain that extends into the forearm and wrist.

Treatment of Elbow Ligament and Tendon Tears

The team at Sideline Orthopedics wants to provide an accurate and efficient diagnosis of these conditions, so we can help you can resume your activities as quickly as possible. Rest and anti-inflammatory medication are the first line of treatment for most overuse injuries. After a period of rest, a course of physical therapy is often prescribed to assist you in regaining strength and range of motion.

If your injury is serious enough to require surgery, the following surgical procedures are most commonly performed to mitigate further damage:

  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Tendon repair

Your healing and recovery process will be monitored by our team at Sideline Orthopedics, who will also help you implement your post-surgical care instructions. Do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns you may have after your surgery.

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