Damage or injury to any structure in the elbow joint can cause an elbow condition. Components of the elbow include tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, cushioning structures called bursae, and joint fluid.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the elbow, you can Find a Doctor at Dignity Health North State. Our skilled orthopedic specialists diagnose and treat a range of common elbow conditions and injuries in Northern California. Conditions we treat include:
Elbow Injury Symptoms
Most elbow conditions and injuries will cause pain, discomfort, and tenderness in the elbow. Other symptoms may include stiffness, a feeling of warmth over the joint, tenderness, swelling, and a limited range of motion. If the elbow is broken or dislocated, the joint may be visibly deformed.
Causes of Common Elbow Conditions & Injuries
The main cause of complete fractures and dislocations is trauma. Sports injuries, repetitive motions, and overuse injuries are common causes of many elbow conditions. These tend to be problems that are chronic, lasting several weeks or more, or come and go over time. This includes sprains, strains, stress fractures, tendonitis, and bursitis. Some chronic conditions, such as elbow arthritis, are caused by degenerative disease of the joint with age.
Elbow Injury Treatment at Dignity Health North State
Your treatment options will depend on your elbow condition, medical history, and risk factors. Common non-surgical treatments for elbow conditions include:
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Corticosteroid shots
If your injury does not respond to less invasive treatments or if it is severe or complex, your doctor may recommend elbow surgery. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles, speed recovery, and prevent future problems.
Your orthopedic services team at Dignity Health North State will help you every step of the way, from diagnosis to recovery.
Dignity Health North State offers advanced diagnosis and treatment for many types of elbow conditions and injuries in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.