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DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Elbow Pain

While elbow pain is generally not serious, it is quite uncomfortable because you use your elbow to do so many things. The elbow is where three long bones come together in the middle of the forearm to form a “hinge joint” that extends, flexes and rotates. Tendons are attached to this area and a friction reducing sac-or bursa, covers the tip of the elbow. Thus, your elbow helps you to flex and rotate your hands and forearm. These movements are part of so many activities that elbow pain can be troubling for patients throughout most of their daily routines as well as work, athletic activities and sports. Because your elbow is a complex joint and the elbow movements are a combination of extension and flexion, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint and describe exactly which movement brings on the pain.

Symptoms of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain is often characterized as arm pain, arm muscle cramps, joint swelling and even a “funny bone” sensation from irritation of a nerve in the elbow that causes numbness and tingling in the forearm as well as little and ring fingers. Elbow pain usually increases with activities such as tennis and golf. Weight bearing on the elbow typically increases pain. Pain is often associated with loss of range of motion.

Causes of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain is often caused by overuse as many sports, hobbies and work tasks require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. In general elbow pain can be caused by inflammation of the tendons (“tendonitis”) or the bursa, or conditions that affect the bones or joints such as fractures or arthritis.

Non Surgical Treatment for Elbow Pain

Physical therapy with pain modalities, stretching, and therapeutic exercise is the mainstay of conservative treatment aimed at reducing pain and restoring normal range of motion. Non surgical treatment for elbow pain may include oral non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. For patients who do not respond to therapy, steroid injections may have some value as well.

To learn more and get help for elbow pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Elbow Pain

Arthroscopy-Arthroscopy is a procedure that uses a lighted scope and small surgical instruments to diagnose and repair joint problems through several small incisions instead of opening the entire joint. Arthroscopy may be used in the elbow to smooth roughened cartilage, remove loose or broken-off pieces of cartilage and bone as well as cut away damaged tissue and re-attach torn ligaments. In general, recovery time and rehabilitation from surgical treatment of elbow pain can be somewhat lengthy and uncomfortable requiring careful pain management.

To learn more and get help for elbow pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Elbow Pain

Regenerative Orthopedic treatment for elbow pain uses you body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged tissues. Sometimes, conservative non surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate elbow pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities or perhaps the athletic and sports activities you wish to enjoy. If this is the case, it is worth considering non surgical Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments. The type of treatment would depend on the exact diagnosis of the source of elbow pain. These are same-day procedures that can be done in as little as one hour resulting in minor post-procedure discomfort and virtually no down time. Using painless harvesting techniques, bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma growth factors are injected into highly targeted painful tissues of the elbow under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Patients can begin to feel improvement in as little as one week but maximal effects take 2-3 months and longer. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated tissues to help you to a comfortable, active and productive lifestyle by improving pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Elbow Pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717