It is true that no one enjoys surgical intervention, however, there are many times when it is the best option to provide you relief from pain and discomfort and return proper function more readily than waiting for your injury to heal naturally. The hard part is determining when this is the best option.
Luckily, our orthopedic doctors are experienced in knowing what is required to return normal function to your elbow after an injury. Our patients trust and know that they are in good hands when they are treated by our orthopedic doctors, as all of our physicians are extensively trained in the most modern techniques, which allows them to get rid of their elbow pain permanently.
There are three different bones that join together at your elbow, making it a pretty complex joint. The ulna, humerus, and radius all meet, giving you versatile and accurate movement within your lower arm. There are numerous other soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and of course your muscles that surround the elbow to help you extend, bend, and twist your arm.
Most elbow problems begin as a result of an injury or chronic repetitive movement causing degenerative diseases. The most frequently seen causes of elbow injury or pain are osteoarthritis, tendinitis (tennis elbow), bursitis, or injuries like a fracture, ligament tear, or dislocation. As this is a joint that is used in most facets of arm movement whether an athlete or not, you can see how there is a lot of pressure and strain put on our elbow day to day.
The only way to know if your elbow problem is a surgical case is to come and see one of our Atlanta orthopedic doctors. Our orthopedic doctors will give you a comprehensive evaluation to determine what is required to return you back to a fully functioning elbow, regardless if you are dealing with chronic pain or an acute injury.
Our orthopedic doctors start by using the most up to date diagnostic equipment to image your elbow and determine the source of the problem. This allows them to decide if surgical intervention is the best option for you. While treatment is individualized regardless of commonalities between injuries of patients, there are some general things to consider when deciding if surgery is the best option.
If your problem is chronic and most conservative treatments have not offered any relief, surgery may be required to ease your pain and discomfort. Also, if there has been scar tissue that has developed around the joint, or if there are bone fragments or cartilage present, arthroscopic surgery will most likely be recommended to remove the tissue that is obstructing your movement.
If you have been injured and have sustained a complex fracture or soft tissue tear, our orthopedic doctors will most likely recommend surgical repair to avoid improper healing and cause discomfort and motion obstruction later.
You can relax in knowing you are in the most capable hands when you come to see our orthopedic doctors. Call us today at (404) 855-2141 to schedule your appointment.