elbow care

Is your elbow sore, painful, or swollen?  Have you been tolerating your elbow pain for too long?

On this  page you will find "Popular Topics" relevant to the Elbow. Under each topic, popular questions will be raised, and answered. Further, you will have the opportunity to add your reply/question as part of a dynamic, informative "Forum". We encourage you to participate in Forums on this site so that you become comfortable with what your condition might be, and where to turn next.

Additionally, you may access abundant content via a link to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Website.

Lastly, you will find informative videos regarding many conditions and procedures, including: tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and cubital tunnel syndrome.

conditions

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

    This condition is a compression injury to the ulnar nerve near the elbow. This is the nerve that produces a jolt when you bump your funny bone.

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

    Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

    This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is a degeneration of the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow.

  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golf Elbow)

    Medial Epicondylitis (Golf Elbow)

    This condition is a degeneration of the tendons that bend the wrist toward the palm of the hand. These tendons are located above the medial epicondyle, the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow. Although this condition is often referred to as golfer's elbow, medial epicondylitis can be caused by any repetitious use of these muscles.

  • Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

    Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

    This condition is an injury to the medial ulnar collateral ligament, a ligament composed of three bands located on the inner side of the elbow. The MUCL connects the humerus to the ulna. Injury to the MUCL can causes pain, weakness and sometimes a feeling of instability in the arm.

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans

    Osteochondritis Dissecans

    Osteochondritis Dissecans of the elbow typically affects young athletes, especially those involved in throwing sports or gymnastics.

  • Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

    Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

    Overuse injures can cause pain and other problems in the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. These injuries typically affect athletes and people who perform repetitive motions. Children and adolescents, whose bones have not yet matured, and factory workers are particularty susceptible to overuse injuries.

  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow

    Throwing Injuries of the Elbow

    Repetitive throwing places severe stress on the elbow joint. The throwing motion stretches the tendons and ligaments on the inner side of the elbow and compresses the structures on the outer side. These forces can damage tissue and bone, especially in young athletes whose bones have not fully matured.

procedures

  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow

    Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow

    This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, alleviates compression of the ulnar nerve. This nerve travels along the inner side of the elbow and down to the hand. Cubital tunnel release is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome.

  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

    This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, repositions the ulnar nerve to prevent it from sliding against or becoming pinched by the medial epicondyle (the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow). Ulnar nerve transposition is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome.