Elbow

Offering State-of-the-Art Non-Surgical,
Surgical & Rehabilitation Treatments.

At OrthoNeuro, we understand how vital it is for you to have healthy elbows—to achieve our most basic needs and performing our most complex movements.

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Elbow

Offering State-of-the-Art Non-Surgical & Surgical Treatments.

At OrthoNeuro, we understand how vital it is for you to have healthy elbows—to achieve our most basic needs and performing our most complex movements.

(614) 890-6555

Common Elbow
Conditions & Treatments

The Elbow

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.

Elbow Fracture
An elbow fracture, also known as an olecranon fracture, occurs on the bony point of the elbow and is often the result of a fall onto an outstretched arm or direct blow to the elbow.  When the elbow is fractured, the fracture itself is classified as either non-displaced (pieces of bone are near their normal anatomic position) or displaced (pieces of the bone are not near their normal anatomic position).  Fortunately, the majority of elbow fractures are non-displaced fractures.

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Elbow Bursitis

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

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Golfer & Tennis Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow are commonly used terms to describe inflammation of the tendons on the inside and outside of the elbow due to repetitive strain or stress on the tendon.  Despite what the names may suggest, Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow are more common in those whose jobs require repetitive motion of the arm and grasping than it is in athletes. In fact, contractors, plumbers, painters, and other laborers are among the most commonly affected by these conditions.

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.

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UCL Tear
The UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) is a ligament on the inside of the elbow that provides stability and rotation for the elbow joint. An injury to the UCL is commonly associated with baseball pitchers, however, the UCL can be injured in different ways.
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.

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Elbow Arthroscopy
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove or trim bone spurs or to repair torn tendons and ligaments within the elbow. This procedure is typically recommended if your condition has not responded to non-surgical treatment options and pain and range of motion issues still persist.

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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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Meet Our Elbow Team

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

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