Elbow joints are made up of cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments, joint fluid, and cushioning structures called bursae. Damaging or injuring any of these parts can result in elbow problems.
At Dignity Health, we can provide personalized treatment for elbow conditions and injuries in the Bay Area. Common elbow conditions and injuries we treat include:
Dignity Health offers trusted physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine at our four Bay Area hospitals — Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Use our convenient online Find a Doctor tool to get orthopedic care from one of our professionals.
Common Causes of Elbow Conditions & Injuries
You may develop an elbow condition or injury from a degenerative joint disease, sports, overuse, or repetitive motions. Elbow conditions and injuries due to these causes tend to be chronic, lasting several weeks or coming and going over time. They include:
- Stress fractures
Dislocations and complete fractures are typically caused by trauma.
Signs of an Elbow Condition or Injury
Signs and symptoms of common elbow conditions and injuries include:
- Joint deformity, if the elbow is dislocated or fractured
Limited range of motion
- Warmth in the joint
Treatment for Elbow Conditions & Injuries at Dignity Health
Our orthopedic specialists will design a treatment plan based on your elbow problem, the severity of your condition, and your medical history and risk factors. Elbow conditions and injuries often respond to rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Sometimes, corticosteroid shots are necessary.
If your case is severe or doesn’t improve in six to 12 months with more conservative treatments, your Dignity Health doctor may recommend elbow surgery. Physical therapy can help speed your recovery after surgery and prevent future problems.
Ready to put an end to your joint pain? Call us at (844) 387-6324 for a doctor referral, and receive the personal care you deserve. Dignity Health offers expert orthopedic care for common elbow conditions and injuries in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.