Elbow: The elbow is comprised of 3 bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), and the radius and ulna (which together make up the forearm) and is primarily controlled by the bicep and tricep muscles. You may have bumped your “funny bone” once or twice in your life. In actuality, you bumped the ulnar nerve.
The elbow plays a key role in positioning your hand correctly as you move through your daily life. Because of the elbow’s critical role in your body’s ability to use your hands and arms, the elbow is not only susceptible to injury from a direct trauma but also as a result of over-compensating for injuries to other parts of your body.
Our orthopaedic specialists will be able to identify the injury that you are dealing with and will put a plan of care together that will get you back to your normal active self.
The following are just a few common injuries of the elbow successfully treated by OSS physicians:
- Strains and complete tears of the tendons associated with the elbow and upper extremity
- Sprains and complete ligament tears that create instability and elbow pain
- “Tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylitis) and “golfer’s elbow” (medical epicondylitis)
- Nerve entrapments
- Neurovascular repair
- Complex trauma involving some or all of the structures of the elbow
OSS physicians believes that conservative care is always a better first option than surgery and regularly prescribes splinting, bracing, casting, injections, medications and therapy as immediate steps towards elbow care. But if surgery is required, your OSS physicians are also able to perform the most up-to-date surgical procedures including arthroscopy.
To find out more about elbow injuries, please visit these pages on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website:
- Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow
- Distal Humerus Fractures of the Elbow
- Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis
- Elbow (Olecranon) Fractures
- Elbow Dislocation
- Elbow Fractures in Children
- Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
- Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy)
- Forearm Fractures in Children
- Nursemaid's Elbow
- Osteoarthritis of the Elbow
- Radial Head Fractures of the Elbow
- Recurrent and Chronic Elbow Instability
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)