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Elbow Pain Treatment in India

An elbow pain is a mild to severe condition of the elbow joint, causing discomfort to the patient as well as hindering performance of his normal activities.

Impact Orthopaedics is among the most trusted orthopaedic centers, respected by our clients for our state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced surgeons.


What Are The Condition Of Elbow That Cause Elbow Pain?

Elbow pain is mainly the result of overuse due to profession or lifestyles and may also be the result of trauma. 

The most common causes of elbow pain are:

  • One – time injuries

This is mostly caused by trauma or accidents such as:

  • Dislocated elbow: Knocking off a main bone of the arm due to accidents or other trauma
  • Fractured elbow: Breaking of arm bones at the elbow joint, due to sudden trauma such as a fall or accidents
  • Strains and sprains: Muscle stretch causes strain whereas ligaments stress cause sprain
  • Wear and Tear Injuries

This is mostly caused by overuse of the elbow owing to lifestyles, professions and hobbies such as:

  • Bursitis: Swelling of the liquid filled sacs called bursae, present in an around the joint bones and muscles, causes pai
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow: Damage to the tendons in and around the elbow due to overuse, a condition also called tendinitis. The tennis elbow is caused in the outer part of the elbow whereas the golfer’s elbow occurs in the inside
  • Trapped nerves: Squeezing of the main nerves such as the ulnar nerve and radial nerve while passing through their respective tunnels causes burning sensation or numbness in the arms and fingers
  • Stress fractures: A small crack in any of the arm bones at the elbow joint due to overuse.
  • Diseases

 

This is mostly caused by overuse of the elbow owing to lifestyles, professions and hobbies such as:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is due to a weak immune system damaging the tissue causing joint swell
  • Osteoarthritis: Caused due to cartilage breaking over time causing bone stiffness and pain
  • Gout: Accumulation of Uric acid crystals in the elbow tissues
  • Lupus: An illness of the immune system that may attack any part of the body
  • Lyme disease: Caused by ticks, it affects the nervous system causing pain in any joint of the body
  • Osteochondritis dissecans: Most common among adolescents, it occurs when a piece of the bone near the elbow dies and breaks off


How Can The Causes Of Elbow Pain be Diagnosed?

The process of diagnosing an elbow problem begins with physical examining of the elbow and an assessment of the patient’s medical history.

The patient may then be advised to undergo one or more of the following tests:

  • X-ray (radiography). This test enables to view the condition of space in the joints, bone conditions and also to detect fractures
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan. This is combined with X-Rays to form cross-sectional slices of internal structures such as the bones, cartilage, etc to have a clearer view of the damage
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The procedure uses a strong magnet linked to a computer which shows a clearer picture in black, white and grey of the soft tissues and bones in the elbow and helps in more accurate identification of the area of the damage and its likely causes
  • Bone scan. In this procedure, a radioactive material is injected into the bloodstream, which later collects in those areas of the bones which are healing

 

This gives a proper view of the healing process and also helps to detect any other area of discomfort experienced by the patient

  • Blood Tests: Samples of blood taken for the test may show presence of anti bodies, a high Erythrocyte Sediment Rate (ESR), Uric acid crystals and other bacteria


What Are The Treatment Options To Relieve From Elbow Pain?

After deducting the cause of elbow pain from the diagnostic reports, the doctor can determine the best option for treating the same, which may be as follows:

  • Ice Packs: This treatment is used for early stages of pain when ice is applied for 15-20 minutes on the area of pain. It may provide temporary or permanent relief
  • Stretching: Generally suggested to minimize muscle stiffness
  • Wearing Elbow Pads: This prevents stress from being placed on the elbow joint due to overuse
  • Oral Medications: Used for mild pains
  • Surgeries: Open traditional surgery or arthroscopic elbow surgery is performed based on the urgency of the bone condition

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To relieve pain and speed up recovery, elbow pain relief methods include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) along with mild stretching activities. Elbow pain can be effectively reduced, and efficiency regained by identifying and treating root causes, such as excessive usage, injury, or conditions like tennis elbow, through diagnosis and specialized therapy.

Frequent and severe elbow discomfort, particularly when it comes with redness, swelling, or limited movement, needs to be seen by a doctor immediately to figure out serious problems including arthritis, fractures, or ligament tears. It is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment to prevent problems in elbow discomfort that bother with everyday activities or do not improve with rest and home care.

Unusual causes of elbow discomfort include overuse, continuous activity like typing or sports, and health conditions including arthritis, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow. Patients can look for proper care, such as physical therapy, medication, and rest, to prevent future problems and relax, getting a better understanding of these root causes.

The most common type of elbow pain can be caused by conditions like lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, which is identified by swelling and pain on the outside of the elbow. Patients may consider immediate treatment, such as rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications for effective pain relief and recovery if they are aware of the symptoms and causes of common elbow disorders.

Depending on the real cause, elbow pain may continue anywhere from a few days to many weeks or even months.

By identifying the exact root cause of elbow pain by medical examination, proper treatment methods may be identified, which could decrease recovery time and improve long-term comfort and function.




A note from Impact Orthopedic Center:

Elbow pain can significantly disrupt your daily activities. While many cases resolve with rest and self-care, persistent pain shouldn’t be ignored. If your elbow pain lasts for more than a few weeks, worsens, or restricts your movement, consulting a qualified orthopedic doctor is crucial. They can pinpoint the exact cause and give the right treatment to regain pain-free movement.

Our highly trained and experienced doctors utilize advanced diagnostic tools and treatment methods to deliver the best possible outcomes. At Impact, we are dedicated to alleviating your elbow pain and helping you regain a better quality of life. Book your appointment today

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