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What you need to know

It is fairly easy to incur an elbow injury if you are participating in a sports activity on a regular basis, especially if it is a sport that uses the elbow repetitively, like tennis. Overuse and aging can also lead to various elbow injuries. It is not a simple joint; in your elbow, three bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels come together to allow you to throw, swing, and lift. If any of these parts are damaged, your elbow will not function properly. At Westchase Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, our skilled doctors know how to treat your elbow injury or condition and relieve your pain!


Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow

Tearing your bicep muscle at the elbow is uncommon, but possible if you incur a sudden violent injury. These tears may either be partial or complete, and essentially detach the tendon from the elbow bones. Once it is torn, it will not heal naturally, and will result in pain and arm weakness. Surgery is usually recommended for those who wish to restore full arm function. Our doctors can help you understand your diagnosis and your options for treatment!

Throwing Injuries at the Elbow

Overhead throwing that is common in many sports like baseball puts high levels of stress on the elbow. Overuse injuries of the elbow are noticed gradually over time; when an athletic movement is repeated during play, the elbow does not have time to heal, and pain, stiffness, tears, and other injuries can occur more easily. Common examples include flexor tendinitis, ulnar collateral ligament injuries, stress fractures, and more. Symptoms vary depending on the condition, but may include numbness, tingling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. We can help you decide if physical therapy, medications, or surgery is necessary for treatment!

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, occurs when repetitive motions of your wrist and arm lead to the inflammation of the tendons that join your forearm muscles, on the outside of your elbow. This condition is usually experienced most frequently by those who play racquet sports and those who have certain occupations. Symptoms include weakening grip strength, pain or a burning sensation on the outer part of your elbow, and worsening pain in your elbow or arm. Rest, injections, physical therapy, braces, and readjusting the fit of your equipment are the typical treatments for this condition.

Thrower’s Shoulder

Overhead athletes subject their shoulders to repetitive torque, compression, and stress (think of the arm speed of a pitcher or how hard tennis players serve). The rotator cuff, bicep, humeral head, and other soft tissue structures within the shoulder joint can become unstable as a result. Multiple types of injuries can then occur, which can lead to intense pain or reduced function. Physical therapy can help you regain your full range of motion; if rehabilitation doesn’t work, surgery may be necessary. Our doctors can put together a well-structured rehabilitation program and work with your coaches to return your shoulder to optimal performance!

Bicep Injuries

The bicep is a muscle in the front of your upper arm that helps you bend and twist your elbow and forearm. It is attached to your shoulder socket, your shoulder blade, and your forearms by separate tendons; if any of these are weakened, inflamed, or torn due to impact or overuse, you may experience a pop or tearing sensation, warmth around the bicep, bruising/pain/aching, arm weakness, or difficulty moving your arm or shoulder. You may also notice a bulge in your upper arm or a gap in front of your elbow, because the bicep is not being held in place the way it should be. Either rest, physical therapy, or torn bicep surgery may be the necessary treatment for your bicep injury – we can help diagnose the severity of your bicep injury and recommend the best option for treatment!

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