Western Orthopaedics - Elbow

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Elbow

Elbow pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as osteoarthritis, or of a recent injury, such as a fall.

The onset of osteoarthritis, a condition involving the degeneration of joint cartilage, often occurs in people with a history of elbow injuries.

The most common cause of pain in the elbow can be related to a recent injury. Elbow injuries commonly occur during:

  • Sports or recreational activities
  • Work-related responsibilities
  • Home improvement projects
  • Falls

Elbow pain can also be caused by overuse. Overuse injuries of the elbow, such as tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), tennis elbow, or golfer's elbow, lead to inflammation, which can cause considerable pain in the elbow and forearm.

At Western Orthopaedics, we understand that pain in the elbow can make everyday activites challenging. Our elbow experts understand that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.

To consult with an elbow doctor at Western Orthopaedics, please call 303-321-1333.

To learn more about the elbow, please visit the links below.

Common Conditions of the Elbow:

  • Olecranon Fractures

    The tip of the elbow is formally called the olecranon. It forms the hinge part of the elbow joint and rotates around the end of the humerus.
  • Olecranon Bursitis

    The olecranon is one of three bones in the elbow joint. The olecranon does not have much soft tissue (ie-fat muscle) surrounding it unlike a joint like the hip.
  • Radial Head Fractures

    The radial head is one of three bones in the elbow joint. It is fractured by trauma - most commonly landing on one's outstretched hand to brace a fall.
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the ULNAR NERVE at the elbow.
  • Golfer's Elbow (medial epicondylitis)

    The condition is usually seen in older athletes that do repetitive gripping with the palm of their hand.
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

    This is the most common tendonitis of the elbow. This is seen in athletes who do repetitive activities, such as racquet sports.

The Painful Shoulder and Elbow

Dr. Hatzidakis explains the painful shoulder and elbow.