OKC Orthopedics, Sports & Pain Medicine is highly skilled in minimally invasive elbow surgery and repair, treating a number of elbow problems, including elbow dislocations, medial collateral ligament tears, and common injuries from overuse, such as golfers elbow and tennis elbow.
There are many unique causes of elbow pain, many of which are triggered by repetitive activities or injury. A comprehensive evaluation and accurate diagnosis is key to ensuring a proper treatment plan. Utilizing cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatment options, our skilled physicians at OKC Orthopedics will help you determine the best course of action to restore free movement and eliminate the cause of your elbow pain.
What are common elbow injuries?
When the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) are separated from the bone of the upper arm (humerus), an elbow dislocation occurs. They can be complete or partial, and usually occur after a trauma, such as a fall or accident. Complete dislocations are extremely painful and present a deformed shape or odd twist at the elbow. .
Elbow Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) in the elbow attaches and stabilize the bones of the lower and upper arm where they meet at the elbow. MCL injuries are more often seen in athletes whose use forceful repetitive motion, such as pitchers, javelin throwers and lacrosse players. A key indicator of an MCL tear is the inability to exert significant force into a throw.
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is an overuse injury that occurs on the outside of the elbow. Anyone who consistently uses their elbow or puts It under stain is susceptible to this injury. Symptoms include pain on the outside of the elbow that gradually increases over several weeks or months.
Medial epicondylitis, also known as golfers elbow, is an overuse injury that occurs when the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow become worn down and inflamed. Pain is experienced on the inside of the elbow joint (where the elbow creases) and intensifies when carrying out certain actions, like picking something up, making fist or swimming the arm.
When surgery is the best course of action, an Elbow Arthroscopy is the best way to repair damage. This minimally invasive surgical procedure examines and sometimes treats damage of the interior of the elbow using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
How are elbow injuries treated?
Treatment for elbow injuries depends on the cause and includes surgical and non-surgical options. The experienced team at OKC Orthopedics uses advanced diagnostic technology onsite to pinpoint the cause of pain and assess the extent of the damage.