Elbow injuries and treatments
The elbow joint is a hinge joint comprised of three bones: the humerus, radius and ulna. Your elbow helps you perform simple tasks, and often it isn't considered much until it is injured or starts to hurt.
Elbow injuries like tennis elbow are most often thought of as sports injuries, but athletes aren't the only ones who can experience elbow injury or pain. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your elbow, you should contact an orthopedist right away.
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to inspect, diagnose and repair problems inside the joint. The procedure consists of using a small camera and operating through small incisions. The postoperative recovery time is roughly six weeks.
Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow refers to a tendonitis condition, when tendons become swollen and painful.
There are various ways to treat this type of elbow condition. In some cases non-operative measures are taken, such as using anti-inflammatory or other prescription medicines, splinting, or using regenerative medicine. Surgery may be used if the tendons in the arm become detached.
Total Elbow Arthroplasty
In this procedure, the joint is replaced with an artificial elbow and requires extensive physical therapy.
Newer, longer-lasting and more effective implants means that most patients regain mobility within a few weeks of the surgery.
Dr. Penello has been performing elbow implant procedures, — as well as arthroscopic and regenerative medicine — for almost a decade. Alexander Orthopaedics is one of the few surgeons in the area that perform total elbow arthroplasty and has a high patient satisfaction rating.
Bicep Tendon Repair
The bicep has two tendons, one attached to the shoulder and the other to the elbow. In Bicep Tendon Repair, a small incision is made in the bicep and a tendon repair device is used to repair and fine-tune the tension on the tendon that is needed for function and mobility.
This procedure removes the guesswork from calibrating tendon tension and provides a more efficient repair.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet-rich plasma injections are a form of regenerative medicine. The injections stimulate tissue to heal itself.
Stem cells can be added at the time of surgery to enhance the healing process.The success rate of this procedure is high if it is done for the correct symptoms.
Cubital Tunnel Release
When the ulnar nerve becomes compressed or trapped, it can result in mild to moderate pain and numbness or tingling in the arm, hand and fingers. This is known as "cubital tunnel syndrome."
Cubital tunnel release involves decompressing the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The nerve is then moved to prevent being compressed in the future. This is an outpatient procedure, and most patients are fully recovered within approximately six weeks.