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Elbow Pain Treatment in Boston

Tendonitis

  • Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as, Tennis Elbow, is the most common overuse elbow injury in the elbow, that causes a dull or sharp pain on the lateral side of the elbow. Tennis Elbow is a tendinopathy involving the forearm extensors, where one may experience decreased grip or wrist strength. Tennis elbow is most often caused by repetitive upper extremity use during such activities: computer use, heavy lifting, repetitive vibration. This overuse injury is commonly seen in the following occupations; electricians, construction workers, desk jobs, and carpenters.
  • Medial Epicondylitis, also known as Golfer’s Elbow, is a pain or inflammation of the medial side of the elbow caused by chronic repetitive loading of the wrist flexors and pronator. This pain can be exacerbated by activities of daily living, or during one’s occupation involving plumbing, cooking, or carpentry.
  • Olecranon bursitis. Bursitis affects bursae, small sacs of fluid that help protect the joints. Olecranon bursitis affects the bursae protecting the pointy bone of the elbow.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects the cartilage, a type of connective tissue found in the joints. OA causes this tissue to wear down and become damaged. Elbow OA may be caused by an elbow injury, or wear and tear on the joints.

Dislocation or fracture of the elbow

An injury to the elbow, such as a fall on an outstretched arm or elbow, can cause dislocation or a fracture. Dislocation occurs when a bone moves from its usual position. A fracture occurs when a bone cracks or breaks.

Ligament strains and sprains

Ligament problems can occur in any of the ligaments located in the elbow joint. Ligament sprains may be the result of trauma or repeated stress.

The ligament may be:

  • stretched
  • partially torn
  • completely torn

Sometimes you’ll hear a popping noise upon injury.

Osteochondritis dissecans

Osteochondritis dissecans, occurs when small pieces of cartilage and bone become dislodged in the elbow joint. It’s often the result of a sports injury to the elbow and is most often seen in young men.

Pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, trouble extending the arm, and a feeling that the joint is locking could indicate this condition. You can treat this injury by immobilizing the elbow joint and undergoing physical therapy treatment.

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