As one of the most overused joints in the body, the elbow is highly susceptible to injury.
At the Orthohealing Center, our goal is to diagnose your injury properly, and provide alternative treatment options that can potentially alleviate your pain and provide lasting results.
Symptoms of elbow pain
Elbow pain can take many forms, depending on the underlying cause. For example, an injury or disease affecting the area may cause:
- Pain on the inside or outside of your elbow
- Discomfort that’s worse at the end of the day
- Decreased range of motion
Common causes of elbow pain
As with other joints in the body, a variety of diseases and injuries can affect the complex elbow joint, causing pain, swelling and a number of other uncomfortable symptoms. Some of the most common ones we see among our patients in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas include:
At the back of the elbow is the olecranon bursa, which is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bone and soft tissues. When this bursa becomes irritated and inflamed, more fluid can accumulate, causing pain and swelling.
Golfer’s elbow affects the tendons that connect your forearm to the elbow. It causes pain that starts on the inside of your elbow joint and radiates down the forearm.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that results in joint pain that worsens when squeezing objects. Although it’s quite common among tennis players, it can also affect other athletes and individuals as well.
Arthritis of the elbow develops when the cartilage inside your joint starts to thin or becomes damaged, causing pain and a decreased range of motion.
A sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the bones of the elbow joint stretch or tear, causing pain, swelling and bruising.
A common overuse injury, tendinitis occurs when the tendons around your elbow sustain tiny tears or become inflamed and irritated.
When the muscles around the elbow become damaged, it’s referred to as an elbow strain. This type of injury has a tendency to cause pain, swelling and a loss of function.
Common among pitchers and throwing athletes, this injury tends to occur gradually over time, causing pain and limited throwing capabilities.
Diagnosing the underlying cause of your pain
When you arrive at the Orthohealing Center for elbow pain treatment, our priority will be to determine exactly what’s causing your discomfort. To that end, we’ll begin by asking you detailed questions about your symptoms – including when they first appeared and if any activities seem to make them worse.
From there, we’ll perform a physical examination of the joint, evaluating the area for tenderness, pain and swelling. Depending on the findings of our exam, we may order a series of tests – such as an x-ray, MRI or ultrasound – to confirm a diagnosis and assess the extent of your injury.
Premier treatment for your elbow pain
Once we know what’s causing your elbow pain, we can begin treating the underlying injury or disease. Throughout this portion of the process, our goal will be not only to relieve your symptoms – but also to prevent joint damage, reduce inflammation and heal the area from the inside out. We will attempt to accomplish all of this without surgery, instead focusing exclusively on minimally-invasive regenerative biologic treatments, such as PRP therapy, bone marrow stem cell therapy, and homeopathic traumeel injections, among others.