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A. Ylenia Giuffrida, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Oscar Vazquez, MD
Sports Medicine

Michael T. Benke, MD
Sports Medicine

Carissa Meyer, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

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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 elbow specialists at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can help relieve your pain so you can get on with your life.

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 consdier oral medications, physical therapy, steriod of other injections as well as activity modification. For more severe injuries, we offer pioneering treaments such as Tenex Health TX which is minimally invasive and helps remove damaged tissue and stimulate healing, to arthroscopic surgery, to total reconstrucitons.

We believe that patient education is an important part of providing exceptional care. Below are some of the elbow related procedures we specialize in, so that our patients can learn about some common causes, symptoms and treatment options:

Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Biceps Tendon Repair
Total Elbow Replacement


Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

What are some signs and symptoms of Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

– 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.

What are some causes of Tennis Elbow?

Partial tear of the tendon and attached covering of the bone caused by:

– 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.

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


Biceps Tendon Repair

What is a biceps tendon tear?

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.

How is a biceps tendon tear treated?

Hip replacement may be used to treat arthritis and other degenerative conditions after nonsurgical treatments have failed. As these conditions progress, the cartilage covering the joint continues to wear away, causing symptoms to worsen so that the bone ends eventually rub together. This may cause severe pain, stiffness and a loss of motion for patients. Hip replacement is considered a final solution for patients who have been unsuccessful when using other forms of treatment.

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

tennis-elbow-4Although 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.

If you’re considering elbow replacement surgery, the following will help you understand more about this valuable 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.


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.