Elbows are bony and tend to get knocked and bruised, but you could also injure the joint when playing sports. If you're suffering from pain and loss of use in your elbow, the sports medicine experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow provide effective nonsurgical therapies as well as cutting-edge surgery for more severe injuries. To benefit from the team's considerable experience in treating elbow sports injuries, call the Atlanta, Athens, or Marietta, Georgia, office today or book an appointment online.
The elbow has little muscle or fat to protect it, particularly the olecranon that forms the point of your elbow. These joints are therefore susceptible to knocks, scrapes, and bruises.
A sports injury in the elbow could involve a fractured bone or dislocation of the elbow joint. Soft tissue injuries commonly affect the elbow too.
Sprains are injuries to your ligaments, the connective tissues that link your bones together. Strains affect your tendons, which connect your muscles to the bones.
Elbow sports injuries don't just occur when you're playing, competing, or training, but could happen during any form of physical activity. They’re likely to be painful and limit your ability to use the affected arm.
The team at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow diagnoses and treats a wide variety of elbow sports injuries. Common ones include:
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition in which the tendon fibers that attach to the outer side of the joint become inflamed or irritated. The irritation is usually due to repetitive strain — making the same movement over and over for months or years, as a tennis player might.
Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is the same kind of condition as tennis elbow, but the damage occurs in the tendon on the inside of the joint.
Tendons attach the biceps muscle in your upper arm to your shoulder at the top and your elbow at the bottom. Excessive strain on the distal biceps near your elbows can cause the tendon to rupture.
Cubital tunnel syndrome develops if the ulnar nerve in your elbow comes under pressure. It can cause numbness, tingling, or a "pins and needles" sensation as well as elbow pain.
Treatments that can ease your elbow pain and reduce other symptoms include:
Corticosteroid injections could help in some patients by easing persistent inflammation and pain.
Some elbow sports injuries might require surgery. The Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow team excels at performing arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique, at their Georgia Surgical Center on Peachtree Road.
If you suffer an elbow injury, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.