Your elbow is a hinge joint that allows you to bend, extend, and twist your arm. Like other joints in your body, your elbow can be a source of pain that affects many of your daily activities. At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, in Atlanta, Athens, and Marietta, Georgia, the orthopaedic experts specialize in diagnosing and treating elbow problems. To find out what’s causing your elbow pain, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
Your elbow is a flexible joint made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all work together to support the movement of your arm. Any injury or disease that affects one or more of the components that make up your elbow may lead to pain.
Common conditions that cause elbow pain include:
Overuse of the joint is a common cause of elbow pain. Many occupations and hobbies involve repetitive motion of the elbow that overworks the tendons, muscles, and ligaments, leading to inflammation and pain.
You may be able to get relief from your minor elbow problem with at-home care.
However, you should contact Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow to schedule a consultation if your elbow problem occurs after an acute injury, fails to improve within a few days of at-home care, causes severe pain, or interferes with your daily activities.
Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow provides expert orthopaedic care for any elbow problem or pain condition. That includes sports injuries and work-related injuries covered by workers’ compensation.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow for your elbow problem. Your provider reviews your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel and the activities that worsen or improve your discomfort.
They also ask about your daily activities, looking for movements that may contribute to your ongoing elbow pain or problem. Your provider conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to the movement and strength of your elbow to determine your diagnosis.
Though the orthopaedic experts diagnose most elbow conditions after a physical exam, they may request diagnostic tests to confirm your diagnosis or help direct treatment.
Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow customizes your elbow treatment plan based on your diagnosis, usual activities, overall health, and personal preferences.
Though skilled surgeons, the team takes a conservative approach to the treatment of elbow problems and may recommend:
If conservative measures fail to alleviate your elbow pain or problem, your orthopaedic specialist may recommend surgery. Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow performs most surgical procedures at their ambulatory surgery center using advanced tools and techniques.
To get relief from your elbow pain, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow or book an appointment online today.