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The elbow joint is made up of many structures, including bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joint fluid, and cushioning material (bursae). When one of these areas is damaged or injured, it can cause an elbow condition or injury.
The most common types of elbow injuries include:
If you would like to learn more about treatment for an elbow injury in Southern California, meet with a skilled orthopedic specialist. Use our online search tool to find a Dignity Health Southern California doctor who’s right for you.
The symptoms of an elbow injury or condition may include:
For a professional diagnosis of your elbow injury symptoms, find a Dignity Health Southern California location near you.
The majority of elbow conditions are the result of sports and overuse injuries, as well as repetitive motions. Elbow conditions may last for several weeks or come and go over time. With aging, degenerative joint disease may develop, causing arthritis in the elbow. The main cause of elbow fractures and dislocations is trauma.
Treatment for an elbow injury or condition will depend on the type and severity of the problem. You and your doctor can create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Initially, your doctor may recommend rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines. If necessary, you may receive a corticosteroid shot to alleviate pain and swelling. For more advanced elbow conditions and injuries, elbow surgery may be recommended. Physical therapy is often part of an overall treatment plan for elbow problems.
Dignity Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of common elbow injuries in Southern California, as part of our orthopedic services.