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Elbow

Aspen Orthopedics provides both surgical and non-surgical treatment for elbow conditions resulting from injury or trauma, as well as chronic or painful elbow disorders.

Tennis Elbow
When the muscles, ligaments, and tendons forming the elbow joint’s structure are over-used, a resulting condition may occur inflaming the forearm’s outside tendons (extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) which secure the forearm muscles. Tennis elbow, as the name suggests, is frequently associated with racquet sports and similarly repetitive athletic and occupational motions of the wrist, forearm, and elbow. The condition, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, may generate tenderness, or – depending on the extent of over-use – substantial pain at the external portion of the elbow.
A wide variety of treatment options are available for tennis elbow with favorable prognosis. Early diagnosis and treatment may substantially reduce the possibility of advanced joint or nerve damage.

Elbow Bursitis
Elbow bursitis is a condition in which the slippery sac (bursa) covering and separating the external elbow bones from the elbow’s loose skin becomes irritated or inflamed. The condition may become very painful should the bursa sac swell with fluid, or if infection was the origin of the inflammation, or both. Additionally, the bursa sac contains nerve endings which are acutely and painfully reactive to swelling. The swelling of the normally flat bursa sac in elbow bursitis can range from visually imperceptible to golf-ball sized and can ultimately lead to pus pooling or pocketing.

Causes of elbow bursitis include direct impact trauma to the tip of the elbow, continued and recurring pressure on the elbow joint for an extended period of months, infection, as well as other medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Ulnar nerve entrapment is the result of direction compression on the ulna nerve. This compression may cause ongoing or intermittent tingling, sensitivity, numbness, or reduced performance in the ring and pinky fingers, as well as limitation of precise hand movements and the forming of a tight grip by the hand.

Source: American Academy of Orthopedics Website

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