Elbow Treatments Santa Rosa
Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates provides a full scope of orthopaedic services of the elbow including:
Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, is a form of tendonitis that manifests on the inner side of the elbow. It is caused by the tendon in the forearm being stressed from constant use. Although it is known as golfer’s elbow, it is more common in tennis players and pitchers.
Golfer’s elbow is generally treated using anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and stretching. Occasionally, physical therapy is indicated. However, in rare cases pain symptoms will persist despite trials of these non-invasive treatments. In these situations, corticosteroid injections may be indicated. This treatment should be considered carefully because of the close proximity of the ulnar nerve to the affected area. Only in the most persistent cases is surgery indicated.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an elbow injury that occurs as a result of overuse of the wrist and forearm. The pain associated with this condition affects the outside of the elbow and can spread down the forearm to the top of the hand. Symptoms of tennis elbow include forearm weakness, pain with the wrist extended, pain with forearm rotation, and occasional tingling or burning in the forearm and hand.
Tennis elbow is usually diagnosed by a patient’s history and physical exam. X-rays are only indicated when symptoms and exam findings are not typical. In many cases, tennis elbow heals on its own within two years. Initial pain can often be managed with rest, stretching, and changing wrist/arm lifting techniques. Cases that don’t respond to stretching may require corticosteroid injections or physical therapy. Severe, persistent cases of tennis elbow may require surgery. However, surgery is only necessary for about 10% of those suffering from tennis elbow.