Elbow pain can be caused by sudden injuries or wear-and-tear injuries. Some common elbow injuries include:
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that develops when the tendons of the forearm pull from their attachment on the elbow, gradually pulling the tendons away from the bone. A majority of patients that develop this condition are over the age of 40 and don’t play tennis.
Management of tennis elbow can include wearing splints, physical therapy to strengthen weakened areas, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections into the joint, and other conservative methods. However, as with other elbow injuries, if these methods don’t work, your doctor may recommend elbow surgery.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and treat issues affecting your joints, such as the elbows.
Arthroscopy is performed with a thin, flexible instrument called an arthroscope. The scope is inserted through a small incision near your elbow, and it’s inflated with a small amount of gas to make it easier to see inside the joint. The camera at the end of the scope sends out a video feed, so the surgeon can see and diagnose the condition.
During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon uses specially designed instruments to perform joint repair or release nerve impingements that can cause pain and numbness. It can also be used to repair joint surfaces that have been damaged by trauma or arthritis.
Elbow arthroscopy is often necessary when nonsurgical treatments have failed to alleviate elbow pain. The procedure can often relieve symptoms related to cartilage damage and conditions affecting soft tissues in the joint. It’s can also remove loose pieces of bone or scar tissue.
Some of the conditions more commonly treated with arthroscopic elbow surgery include:
If you’re experiencing elbow pain, an orthopedic specialist at Greater Austin Orthopaedics can discuss your specific pain, diagnose the cause, and determine a treatment plan. Request an appointment online or call us today.