If your elbow pain is bothering you and affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. It’s better to play it safe than to keep doing the things that may cause your elbow condition to deteriorate. And with treatment, you could be feeling better fast.
At Shoulder Elbow Orthopaedic Clinic, we have a dedicated team of elbow specialist orthopaedic surgeons who will provide a detailed diagnosis and custom treatment plan for your elbow conditions.
Here are some examples of the elbow conditions we treat:
Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, results from damage and disorganised healing of the tendon over the elbow’s outer aspect that helps raise the wrist.
Repetitive wrist movements can result in increased wear and tear of the tendon over the outer aspect of the elbow. This can result in disorganised healing or even tears of the surrounding tendons and ligaments.
Alternatively, one may suffer from an acute tear which is the result of an injury. This can occur if you fall with an outstretched arm or try to lift a heavy object incorrectly. An acute tear can also happen together with other shoulder-related conditions such as a dislocated shoulder.
Golfer’s elbow is a condition characterised by pain and inflammation due to damage to the muscles and tendons that cross the inner aspect of the elbow. While the pain is typically centred over the elbow area, it can spread to the forearm and wrist in severe instances.
However, this condition does not only affect golfers. It can happen to any person regardless of gender, age, or choice of sport. Those who engage in vigorous activities that have repetitive hand or forearm motions are more susceptible.
Athletes engaging in bowling, baseball, golf, or tennis are usually at a high risk of developing this condition. Additionally, obese individuals, adults above 40 years, and smokers at also at increased risk of suffering from golfer’s elbow.
The elbow consists of your upper arm bone (humerus) and your forearm’s other bones, the radius and ulna. Your collateral ligaments keep the elbow joint together on both the inner and outer sides of the elbow and function to prevent dislocation.
Your two key ligaments are the lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament. The muscles that cross the elbow joint also contribute to the joint’s stability.
Elbow instability, also referred to as collateral ligament injury, refers to looseness of the elbow. This occurs due to injuries or tears of the side ligaments of the elbow, which are responsible for stabilising the elbow.
Elbow Bursitis is also known as Olecranon Bursitis. The olecranon is a pointed bone that forms the tip of the elbow. The bursa is the fluid sac that lies between the olecranon and the skin on the elbow.
This fluid enables the skin to slide over the bone smoothly without irritation. Additionally, this layer of fluid functions as a shock absorber between the tendons, skin, bone and muscle. An unaffected olecranon bursa is flat. However, if it gets irritated or inflamed, the bursa can swell up and enlarge. This inflammation is referred to as bursitis.
Osteoarthritis typically affects our load-bearing joints such as the hip, knee, and elbow. The elbow consists of three bones (the ulna, humerus, and radius) covered with cartilage that prevents the bones from rubbing directly against each other.
When this protective cartilage wears out or gets damaged, osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs. Previous elbow injuries like dislocation of the elbow or even a fracture and physically demanding outdoor activities may result in the deterioration of the protective cartilage.
The elbow is the joint between the arm and forearm bones. This joint is said to be dislocated when the surfaces of the three bones, ulna, radius, and humerus, are separated. Dislocation of the elbow can either be partial or complete.
Elbow dislocations are usually associated with ligament tears, tendon tears, and sometimes fractures around the elbow. Patients suffering from elbow dislocation typically experience pain and the inability to move the elbow.
Check your Pain Symptoms
Stiffness of the elbow
Persistent aching around the elbow joint area
Worsening pain when grasping or holding an object
Tenderness in the elbow area and soreness of the forearm muscles
You may have: Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow condition comes into being on the overuse of the muscles around the elbow joint.
Overworking the elbow joint causes the straining as well as the tearing of the muscles and tendons. Straining and tearing ends up triggering inflammation on the outside of the elbow.
Unbearable pain near the bony knob inside the elbow, perhaps extends to the entire forearm.
Experiencing pain when trying to make a fist
Weakness in the hands and wrists
Numbness or tingling sensation that radiates into one or more fingers
You may have: Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s elbow is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation due to damage to the muscles and tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow.
Athletes engaging in bowling, baseball, golf, or tennis are usually at a high risk of contracting the condition. Obese individuals, adults above 40 years as well as smokers, are also at a high risk of developing Golfer’s elbow.
While the pain is centred on the elbow area, in severe instances, it can spread to the forearm and wrist.
A locking sensation within the elbow joint (like a grating feeling)
A tingling sensation at the elbow
Pain when flexing and extending your elbow
A significantly weakened grip strength
You may have: Elbow Osteoarthritis
This happens when the protective cartilage at the elbow joint wears out or gets damaged.
Some of the common causes of Elbow Osteoarthritis are: 1. Previous elbow injuries like dislocation of the elbow or even a fracture 2. Previously undergone surgery to correct a problem in the elbow joint 3. Injured joint ligaments which destabilize the elbow 4. Physically demanding outdoor activities. These include sports games like basketball or baseball
While the pain is centered on the elbow area, in severe instances, it can spread to the forearm and wrist.
Elbow Bursitis is also known as Olecranon Bursitis. When the bursa, which is a sac of fluid that enables the skin to slide over the olecranon smoothly without being abraded, gets irritated or inflamed, the bursa can swell up and enlarge.
This inflammation is what is referred to as bursitis. The most common symptom is a swelling at the elbow tip.
People who suffer conditions like gout and rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risks of having elbow bursitis.
Elbow instability, also referred to as collateral ligament injury, refers to instability or looseness of the elbow. Elbow instability occurs whenever the elbow is subjected to a force exceeding the tensile properties of the collateral ligament.
Those suffering from Elbow Instability might feel a pain on the inner side of the elbow, a common symptom of Elbow Instability. It’s also more common in those who have experienced an elbow dislocation previously.
There is a dislocation but not accompanied by a bone fracture
The elbow joint feels weak
Swelling of the joint
Inability to move your forearm freely
You may have: Elbow Dislocation
The elbow joint forms where the forearm and arm bones meet. The ulna and the radius make up the forearm while the arm consists of just one bone, the humerus. This joint is said to be dislocated when the surfaces of the three bones are separated. Dislocation of the elbow can be partial or complete.
Some common causes of dislocation can be: 1. Having a bad fall with your hand outstretched 2. A bad knock or fall while playing 3. Injured joint ligaments which destabilize the elbow 4. Overusing the arm like in manual jobs
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