An elbow injury can be devastating, especially if you are a person whose life is full of activities. If you have suffered an injury to the elbow, your La Jolla, CA orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgeon can help get your elbow in shape. Your trusted doctor uses state of the art equipment combined with years of experience to ensure quality patient care. When you visit Synergy Orthopedic Specialists, you will experience orthopedic treatment with a difference. They can help you with:
- Shoulder injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Hand injuries
- Sports medicine
Causes of Elbow Injuries
Your doctor will explain to you the different causes of elbow injuries. These include strained and inflamed soft tissues, medical conditions such as arthritis, elbow stiffness, and scar tissue.
Your doctor may use different types of examinations to determine the cause of your elbow injury.
- An X-ray will show small pieces of loose bone, new bone growth, or arthritis.
- MRI: Your doctor may recommend an MRI scan to get detailed images of the inside of your body.
- Ultrasound scan: Your doctor can also carry out an ultrasound scan to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
Your doctor will take you through the different treatment options available and advise you accordingly.
If your injury is not persistent, your doctor will advise you on self-help treatment and rest. If your injury is work-related, your doctor may recommend taking a short break.
If your injury is persistent, your doctor will recommend other treatments and therapies including:
Your physiotherapist will take you through exercises once a day that involves a range of movement, which will help you regain flexibility in your elbow.
Platelet-rich plasma injection
If your injury is severe, your doctor will use a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection to treat you. He will take a blood sample, treat it to increase the number of platelets, then inject it into the painful areas.
Your doctor will give you a steroid injection if your pain is too severe. The pain from the injection will last for two hours, then fades. If your elbow injury is caused by arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, your specialist will inject the joint.
In case your injury requires surgery, your doctor will take you through the different types of elbow surgeries available. He will also share with you the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery for you.
Your doctor will make a small cut or incision in preparation for the surgery to remove the loose pieces of bone if they are the ones causing pain.
Your doctor will perform this surgery if arthritis is also restricting movement in your elbow.
If the shortening of soft tissues or new bone growth is causing stiffness in your elbow, your doctor will operate you to remove the bone or release tension in the shortened tissue. You will, later on, be required to go for physiotherapy to enhance your treatment results.
If you are experiencing elbow pain or have an elbow injury, call or book your appointment online with your Synergy Orthopedic Specialist.