Experiencing prolonged pain in your elbow can make accomplishing daily tasks seem like an impossible feat. If you would like high-quality pain relief, schedule an appointment with our elbow experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow in Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia today!
Elbow arthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects your elbow wears down or is damaged. Damage can be caused by age, overuse, or injury. Arthritis of the elbow can cause severe pain and affect your quality of life.
There are several types of elbow arthritis. Below is a detailed list of the different types and what causes them.
Symptoms of elbow arthritis can include the following:
To make an accurate diagnosis of elbow arthritis, your doctor will first ask you to describe your symptoms. Your doctor will also perform a physical examination.
During your physical exam, your doctor will move your elbow joint and examine your range of motion. They will also look for signs of redness, swelling, and tenderness around the joint.
Additionally, the following diagnostic imaging tests may also be ordered:
There are other sources that can cause pain in your elbow including sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. It is important to see a medical professional. If left undiagnosed and/or untreated, your condition may intensify.
At Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, we are dedicated to using non-surgical techniques for elbow arthritis pain relief, including:
If non-surgical methods do not decrease pain, your doctor may recommend surgery as a last resort. This could include the following procedures:
Recovery time will vary depending on individual factors and the type of procedure performed. After your surgery, you may have to keep your arm in a cast or splint for several weeks. You may also begin physical therapy to help you regain your strength and range of motion.
If you are experiencing elbow pain, do not hesitate to contact Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow. For your convenience, we have offices located in Marietta and Atlanta, GA. Schedule an appointment with us today!
Randall Alexander, MD