Elbow Joint Conditions/Treatment



Elbow Care Including Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Our elbows are constantly in use. We use them for lifting, eating and drinking, playing sports and even when we work on the computer. The elbow is a complex joint that is designed to move in a variety of ways, as well as perform repetitive motions. Overuse of the elbow joint can cause several types of pain that may be intermittent or more consistent.

How can you be certain that the pain is coming from your elbow? Sideline Orthopedics offers comprehensive care for elbow injuries or conditions that may be causing you pain. The most important step is a correct diagnosis. We will perform an examination and collect any diagnostic imaging that may help us determine the root cause of your pain. The Sideline Orthopedics team is highly trained to use innovative procedures and technologies that will place you on the road to recovery quickly and return you to a pain free life.

Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries of the elbow.

The elbow joint is comprised of three bones; one bone from the upper arm and two bones from the lower arm. The elbow is held together by the unique shape of the bones and ligaments, which keep them in proper alignment. The elbow becomes dislocated when its joint surfaces are separated. Elbow dislocations can be partial or complete. In a partial dislocation, also called subluxation, the joint surfaces are only partly separated. A complete dislocation occurs when the joint surfaces are completely separated. 


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. 


A distal bicep tendon rupture, or tear, occurs when the tendon attaching the biceps muscle to the elbow is torn from the bone. This injury occurs most frequently in middle-aged men during heavy work, lifting or weightlifting. A distal biceps rupture is rare, compared to ruptures where the top of the biceps connects at the shoulder.                        


Sideline Orthopedics offers treatment for both medial and lateral epicondylitis, commonly known respectively as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. Epicondylitis is a condition on and around the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow in which the tendons around the elbow joint have become irritated or inflamed causing pain.


The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located in the elbow and connects the bone in the upper arm to a bone in the forearm. The UCL can become stretched, frayed or torn through the stress of repetitive throwing motions such as in baseball, football and ice hockey.  The stretching, fraying and tearing is caused by an athlete’s reliance on the constant throwing motions requiring his or her dominant arm and elbow.


The ulnar nerve is one of three main nerves in the arm. It emanates in the cervical spine and extends down into the hand. Ulnar neuropathy is inflammation or irritation of the ulnar nerve due to compression or entrapment of the nerve most commonly affecting the elbow. A timely diagnosis is imperative to minimize functional impairment, limb weakness, loss of dexterity and pain.


Any injury to the elbow should garner medical attention, especially if range of motion is reduced and pain is present. Early detection and diagnosis of an elbow fracture can reduce the risk of complications later in life. Elbows may be injured in a variety of ways including overuse; acute trauma, such as a fall; or a high-impact force.



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