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4 Causes of Elbow Pain and Available Treatment Options

Proper arm functioning is essential to everyday life; and arm functioning hinges–quite literally–on the elbow joint. Like most joints in the body, the elbow is made up of bone, muscle, ligaments, and tendons. Damage to any of these can result in a several painful conditions. Read on to learn about four common conditions that result in elbow pain and what treatments are available.

 

  1. Elbow Fracture. A breaking, partial o11841049_lr full, of any of the bones in the elbow is known as an elbow fracture. This is usually caused by direct trauma to the bone due to a fall, sports injury, or another accident. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment can range from temporary casting of the joint to open joint surgery.
  2. Elbow Sprain. Sprains involve stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments in the elbow. Elbow sprains usually result from impact to various parts of the arm, especially in an upward motion, while the arm is extended, such as breaking one’s fall with the hands while arms are outstretched. Treatment for elbow sprains involves the application of cold packs to the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and resting the arm for a period of time.
  3. Tendinitis of the elbow, sometimes known as Tennis Elbow, involves inflammation of the tendons that connect the elbow with the muscles of the forearm. This condition usually results from ongoing stress on the elbow, resulting from a variety of physical activities, such as playing tennis and tasks that involve repetitive twisting motions. Applying ice to the area and resting the arm, supplemented by anti-inflammatory medications, is the first line of defense in treating tendinitis of the elbow. In more severe cases, bracing and cortisone injections may be recommended.
  4. Several varieties of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, can result in pain and inflammation in the elbow and can limit range of motion in the joint. Most forms of arthritis are treated through medications and, in severe cases, surgery. The condition can also be managed, however, through exercise, physical therapy, and other alternative interventions.

 

If you are experiencing elbow pain, request an appointment with a specialist at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute today to identify the source of your discomfort and learn what treatment options are available.

 


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Knee Injuries in Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

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Knee injuries among young people are on the rise. In 2012, there was a 400% increase in the incidence of these injuries among teens, and those numbers appear to still be on the rise. Some of this increase can be attributed to the growing number of children and teens participating in sports, especially among girls (who are more vulnerable to ACL tears–a common knee injury). Read on to learn more about preventing treating these injuries.

Playing soccer barefoot on a wet tennis court is definitely not a great way to minimize risk of injury.

Playing soccer barefoot on a wet tennis court is definitely not a great way to minimize risk of injury.

Prevention

Prevention is key. Some knee injuries have lifelong consequences; for instance, an ACL tear boosts the likelihood that a young person will develop arthritis in the afflicted joint. At the very least, these injuries often force students to miss school and miss out on other athletic activities. That’s why it’s especially important to take a “better safe than sorry” approach to upholding and enforcing policies that aid in preventing sports injuries among young people.

  • Create A Team Culture That Thinks Long Term: “Playing through the pain” probably won’t win the game, and it may very well lose you the season. Make sure suffering isn’t glorified on teams for teens and kids, and that the long term growth and success of the players are valued. It’s easier for young people to honestly assess and articulate their injuries when they know they won’t be doubted or looked down on, and even easier when they know that attentiveness and commitment to staying strong is something their coaches and teammates appreciate.
  • Cross Train: Cross training is a great way to develop strength and flexibility without overburdening one muscle or joint. If you’re a parent, encourage your child to try other sports or go to the gym; if you’re a coach, integrate cross training activities, like jogging or weight lifting, into practices or as part of an off-season program.
  • Rest Up: Cross training may be important, but teens also need plenty of rest time between practices, games, and seasons. Make sure young people aren’t overbooked, and that they have adequate time to sleep a full eight hours, eat real meals, and finish schoolwork.
  • Hydrate: Dehydration can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion–all of which make kids more vulnerable to injurious trips and falls.
  • Wear Quality Gear: Make sure you child has appropriate gear in quality condition. Shoes, knee guards, etc. can all be worn down or crushed over time, so make sure these items all still offer the protection they’re intended to.

Treatment

Treatment for knee injuries varies based on the type and severity of the injury. Physical therapy is often used. Sometimes, physical therapy serves to correct movement or posture problems that caused or will worsen the injury. Other times it’s to help build strength, particularly in supporting muscles, in a way that won’t exacerbate the injury. Other times, physical therapy is part of rehabilitative care post surgery or other treatment.

Bracing is very non-invasive treatment option. Bracing can be very useful in supporting and/or immobilizing damaged areas. It’s a good option for kids, who may have a hard time resisting the urge to move the injured area.

Knee surgery is more rare, but may be necessary. It’s not ideal, but can be the most effective solution for certain injuries that can’t be treated with the less invasive options. With proper rehabilitative care, surgery can offer relief and a more mobile, active future for young athletes.

For more assistance diagnosing and treating knee injuries in young people, we encourage you to contact our specialists and request an appointment.


Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.