Conditions & Treatments
The elbow joint is a complex hinge joint formed between the distal end of the humerus in the upper arm and the proximal ends of the ulna and radius in the forearm. The elbow allows for the flexion and extension of the forearm relative to the upper arm, as well as rotation of the forearm and wrist.
Between the bones and joints of the shoulder and elbow are fluid-filled sacs, known as a bursa, that help the bones and joints glide smoothly. When one or more of these bursa becomes impinged or inflamed it is referred to as bursitis. Bursitis is commonly caused by a bone spur in the shoulder or elbow irritating the bursa. Bursitis is common among those whose daily activities require repetitive overhead motions or lifting.
If you have shoulder or elbow bursitis the common symptoms can include:
- Pain in the elbow or shoulder
- Difficulty lifting your arm overhead
Golfer & Tennis Elbow
The one major difference between Golfers’ Elbow and Tennis Elbow is where on the elbow the injury occurs.
Golfer’s Elbow. This is also known as medial epicondylitis and affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow. This is also known as lateral epicondylitis and affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
In some instances, the UCL can be torn due to an accident or sudden trauma such as a fall onto an outstretched arm or an impact that dislocates the elbow and tears the UCL in the process.
UCL Repair (Tommy John Surgery)
At OrthoNeuro, Tommy John Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so that you are able to return home the same day as your procedure. If the UCL tendon is torn and needs to be repaired, a graft from another area of the body is used and can be taken from a tendon in the forearm, hamstring or the big toe.
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