What’s Going On With My Elbow?

Elbow pain can bring your activities to a screening halt. The pain and limited range of motion can make it challenging to complete tasks you would never have to think about under normal circumstances. Sometimes rest and anti-inflammatory medications are enough to help combat elbow pain. But, in other instances, elbow pain can indicate a more severe issue that may be hiding beneath the surface. If you’re wondering what your treatment options are for severe elbow pain, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help point you in the right direction for treatment.

Do I Have An Elbow Sprain?

There are several ways you can sprain your elbow. The most likely cause is activities where you repeat the same motion. Repeated motion of the same variety can bring additional wear and tear to your elbow, making it difficult and painful to move. Some indications of a sprained elbow can include

  • Difficulty bending or straightening the elbow
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • A popping noise
  • Pain

In most cases, a sprained elbow can be treated using conservative remedies like ice, rest, elevating the elbow, and compression. But more painful strains may need more intensive treatment options. With the help of a physical exam, your doctor can determine the severity of your sprain and discuss the most viable treatment options for your situation.

Do I Have a Torn Elbow Ligament?

Tearing an elbow ligament is severe and requires immediate medical attention to prevent long-term damage. Minor tears can sometimes heal on their own, but more severe ligament tears, such as the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL), may need surgical intervention for repair. 

A torn UCL is a common injury for baseball pitchers and tennis players, but you can tear your UCL from overuse and participating in activities that involve constant overarm movement.

After an MRI, your doctor can determine what treatment works best for your situation.

If your elbow pain and need more aggressive treatment, our office can help. Schedule a consultation by calling (508) 363-6363.

Posted in: General Orthopedic, Joint Replacement

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Worcester, MA 01608

Tel: 508.363.6363

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