Elbow Conditions

Descriptions of Common Elbow Injuries and Conditions

Dr. Craig Neleson

Tendonitis

Inflammation of the tendon, which sometimes can have slight deterioration of the tendon and be amenable to a steroid or “cortisone” injection.  However, if there is impingement or squeezing of the tendon, surgery may be indicated.

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Irritation of the tendons for elbow extension and supination. Treatment initially starts with rest, ice, relaxation, and strengthening and using a tennis elbow or counterforce brace. When these do not work, you can try steroid injections, prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, and, ultimately surgical interventions.

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Irritation of the tendons for elbow flexion and pronation. Treatment initially starts with rest, ice, relaxation and strengthening and using a golfer’s elbow or counterforce brace. If these do not work, you can try steroid injections, prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, and, ultimately, surgical interventions.

Olecranon Bursitis

Description coming soon

Cubital Tunnel

This can irritate the elbow or the pinky side of the hand and is due to an irritation of the ulnar nerve in the elbow.

Osteoarthritis of the Elbow

Description coming soon

 

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