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Our Elbow Experts Can Help Relieve Your Pain So You Can Get On With Your Life

Elbow discomfort, including the full spectrum from dull aches to intense pain, can be severely debilitating. The elbow is pivotal in many activities that people without pain take for granted – everything from working on their computer to holding an infant to playing any number of competitive sports. If you’re experiencing elbow pain, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from pain caused by a sports-related condition – such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow – a fracture, simple sprain, or tendon inflammation (known as tendonitis). The experienced orthopedics at Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help bring you relief.

Here we take a team approach, sharing our knowledge and vast experience in areas such as sports medicine, shoulder and hand/upper extremities, non-invasive procedures, and physical therapy providing expertise that most other orthopedic practices simply can’t match.

Of course, the first option considered is always non-surgical. Depending on the severity and type of injury, we consider oral medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, as well as activity modification. For more severe injuries, we offer pioneering treatments such as Tenex Health TX, which is minimally invasive and helps remove damaged tissue and stimulate healing, to arthroscopic surgery, to total reconstructions.

A. Ylenia Giuffrida, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
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Oscar Vazquez, MD
Sports Medicine
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Michael T. Benke, MD
Sports Medicine
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Carissa Meyer, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
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Epicondylitis

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Causes

Tennis Elbow can be caused by a partial tear of the tendon and attached covering of the bone as a result of:

• Chronic stress on the tissues that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow area.
• Sudden stress on the forearm. • Wrist snap when serving balls in racket sports.
• Incorrect grip.
• Incorrect hitting position.
• Using a racket or club that is too heavy.
• Using an oversize grip.

Symptoms of Epicondylitis include:

• Pain and tenderness over the epicondyles. Pain worsens with gripping or rotation of the forearm.
• Weak grip.
• Pain when twisting the hand and arm, as when playing tennis, throwing a ball with a twist, bowling, golfing, pushing off while skiing or using a screwdriver.

For additional information visit:
AAOS Online Service Fact Sheet – Tennis Elbow

 

Biceps Tendon Repair

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The BICEPS TENDON connects the biceps muscle to the shoulder and the elbow and allows you to bend your elbow, rotate your forearm, stabilize the shoulder and accelerate the arm during overhead motions. This tendon can easily be damaged as a result of injury, overuse or age, which may cause the tendon to become inflamed or to tear in more severe cases. These injuries may cause severe pain, bruising and weakness in the arm. The biceps tendon can be injured at the shoulder or elbow end. For additional information visit:
AAOS Online Service Fact Sheet – Biceps Tendon Repair at the Shoulder
AAOS Online Service Fact Sheet – Biceps Tendon Repair at the Elbow

 

Total Elbow Replacement

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Although ELBOW JOINT REPLACEMENT is much less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain and returning people to activities they enjoy. Several conditions can cause elbow pain and disability, and lead patients and their doctors to consider elbow joint replacement surgery.

• Rheumatoid Arthritis. The most common form of a group of disorders termed “inflammatory arthritis.”

• Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease). Osteoarthritis is an age-related, “wear and tear” type of arthritis. It usually occurs in people 50 years of age and older, but may occur in younger people, too. The cartilage that cushions the bones of the elbow softens and wears away. The bones then rub against one another. Over time, the elbow joint becomes stiff and painful.

• Post-traumatic Arthritis. This type of arthritis can follow a serious elbow injury. Fractures of the bones that make up the elbow, or tears of the surrounding tendons and ligaments may cause damage to the articular cartilage over time. This causes pain and limits elbow function.

Procedure

In total elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the humerus and ulna are replaced with artificial components. The artificial elbow joint is made up of a metal and plastic hinge with two metal stems. The stems fit inside the hollow part of the bone called the canal.