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Anatomy of the Elbow

The elbow is a complex joint that allows for a wide range of motion, including bending, extending, and rotating the arm. It is made up of several important structures:

  • Bones: The elbow joint is formed by the humerus (upper arm bone), the radius, and the ulna (forearm bones).
  • Cartilage: This smooth tissue covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide easily against each other.
  • Ligaments: These tough bands of tissue connect the bones and provide stability to the joint.
  • Tendons: Tendons attach the muscles to the bones, allowing for movement of the elbow.
  • Muscles: Several muscles around the elbow facilitate its movement and strength.
  • Bursa: Fluid-filled sacs called bursae help reduce friction and allow smooth movement.

Common Causes of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain can be caused by various conditions, including overuse injuries, degenerative changes, and inflammation. Some of the common causes we treat at Excel Health include:

Elbow Arthritis

Elbow arthritis involves inflammation of the elbow joint, which can result from wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or autoimmune conditions (rheumatoid arthritis). Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion, affecting daily tasks and overall quality of life.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, leading to inflammation and pain on the outside of the elbow. It commonly affects individuals who engage in repetitive wrist and arm motions, such as tennis players and manual laborers. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and weakness in the affected area.

Golfer's Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow but affects the inside of the elbow. This condition is also caused by repetitive motions that strain the forearm muscles and tendons. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and stiffness on the inside of the elbow, as well as weakness in the wrist and hand.

Diagnosis and Treatment at Excel Health

At Excel Health, our team of orthopedic specialists is skilled at diagnosing and treating a wide range of elbow conditions. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and comprehensive physical examinations, we pinpoint the exact cause of your elbow pain.

We offer a personalized approach to treatment, whether it involves non-surgical methods such as physical therapy, medication, and injections, or advanced surgical procedures when necessary. Our goal is to relieve your pain, enhance your elbow function, and enable you to return to your daily activities with improved comfort and mobility.

Contact Us

Don’t let elbow pain hinder your daily life. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced specialists at Excel Health. We are dedicated to providing top-tier care to help you achieve optimal elbow health and regain your active lifestyle.

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