The elbow is an intricate and complex joint that allows motion in multiple planes. Due to the anatomy of the joint the various bones, tendons, nerves and blood vessels in the elbow are easily susceptible to injury or compromise. The following are a few of the problems that can arise in the elbow:
- Tendon Injuries
- Elbow Fractures
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
The tendons that help to flex and extend the wrist and fingers start at the level of the elbow. These can be injured from trauma or overuse (wear and tear). Proper treatment can heal these injuries and prevent long-term disability.
A fracture can occur in either the ulna, radius or humerus, the three bones that make up the elbow. These are often complex fractures requiring an experienced surgeon. Seek prompt treatment for optimal healing and recovery of function.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
The ulnar nerve which runs along the inside of the elbow (often termed the “funny bone”) can become compressed leading to symptoms of pain, numbness, and burning down to the level of the fingers of the hand. Seek early treatment to prevent long-term nerve damage.
Tennis elbow, otherwise termed lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the origin of the extensor tendons leading to extension of the wrist and fingers. Activities requiring repetitive finger and wrist extension can lead to this ailment. A majority of cases can be treated and cured without surgery. A small percentage of cases will require surgery in order to resolve the pain associated with the condition.