At AICA Orthopedics, our team specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of elbow injuries, including strained or damaged tendons, torn ligaments, fractures, and dislocations. Our Atlanta orthopedic doctors all possess the most contemporary certifications in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and accident injuries.
As Atlanta’s most comprehensive orthopedic clinic, we are constantly utilizing the most up-to-date research and technology in sports medicine. So if you suffer any sort of injury to your elbow, you can count on our orthopedic team to give you the premier care you deserve.
Your elbow serves as a hinge joint that connects the bones in your arm. It aligns around a slippery, gelatinous sac, which is why you can move your arm in more than one direction.
Your elbow is comprised of three bones that are called:
These three bones allow you to move your elbow joint in three unique ways, either to flex, extend, or rotate.
Because of the complexity of how your ligaments, bones, and muscles connect in your arm, as well as your elbow’s ability to absorb the impact of everyday movements, the joints in this area are prone to irritation and inflammation, which serve as the two most common sources of elbow pain.
The root of these conditions is commonly associated with some combination of overuse and heavy exertion, genetics, infection, and some degenerative disease.
Elbow pain is most commonly found in a patient’s dominant arm. Below are a few of the most common types of elbow pain that we treat at AICA Orthopedics. In addition to these, we treat any and all elbow pain through physical therapy and even surgery when necessary.
Patients tend to first experience Tennis Elbow as a form of pain or soreness that is felt on the exterior side of the elbow. A form of tendonitis, it is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons connecting the forearm muscles to the elbow joint.
It comprises of the muscles and tendons that attach to the bony spur on the exterior portion of the elbow, which is called the lateral epicondyle. This damage is more commonly caused by overuse of the joint, particularly through repetitive motions. Those who are most at risk for developing Tennis Elbow tend to participate in the following exercises or activities:
While similar to Tennis Elbow, however, instead of the outside or back or the elbow being affected, it’s the area inside of it. Patients that suffer from Golfer’s Elbow may experience a sensation that shoots pain down the inside of their forearm, as they’re trying to grip something. It tends to be be caused by a single violent jolt, but can also result from repetitive stress, in which pain develops gradually over time as the repetitive motions continue to take place and the condition goes untreated.
Olecranon Bursitis is caused when the bursa in your elbow joint is either injured, irritated, or inflamed. There are several reasons why elbow bursitis appears in patients:
Found on the tip of your elbow, between your bones and the loose skin surrounding the area, its primary function is dedicated to to allowing your skin to move freely over the elbow. While it’s usually flat, it does become inflamed when irritated or injured.
While it has a secure double joint framework, the elbow isn’t impervious to wearing down as continuous use can aggravate surrounding tissue. AICA’s Atlanta orthopedic doctors are prepared to provide care for all types of elbow damage. The nature or cause of the injury doesn’t change anything, our orthopedic team will help you understand all treatment options and what the severity of your injury is.
No matter if you are a professional athlete trying to get back to optimal health for elite sports performance, or just a person ready to enjoy a good pickup basketball game in the driveway, we can help you at AICA Orthopedics. Our course of treatment ranges from physical therapy, to non-invasive procedures, to full surgical options when necessary.
Your treatment will provide lasting relief to your elbow pain. We invite you to schedule an appointment and see what we mean by calling (404) 855-2141.