Elbow Injuries Specialist in Houston & Spring, TX
Although you take them for granted on a daily basis, your elbows are an important part of your body that can cause quite a bit of pain and impairment should they get injured in any way. Because we use them regularly, elbows are easily subject to strain and, without proper care, can create many problems. Here at KSF Orthopaedic Center, we are elbow specialists who can tend to any joint pain or elbow injuries you may have. If you have elbow pain and would like orthopedic care, just give us a call at (281) 440-6960, and we’ll see what orthopedic therapy is right for you.
Conditions We Treat
Here at KSF Orthopaedic Center of North Houston, our board-certified orthopedics doctors can provide effective solutions to your elbow injuries, including elbow surgery from an orthopedic surgeon if necessary. At the first sign of pain in your elbows, make an appointment with our practice; our experienced doctors have a number of orthopedic treatments available for you.
Olecranon bursitis is a condition that occurs in the back of your elbow. You may experience pain with movement, along with swelling and redness. Common causes of olecranon bursitis include pressure on the bursa, inflammatory conditions (like rheumatoid arthritis), and infection coming from an injury at the bursa.
If you think you may have olecranon bursitis, our doctors will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam. They may even have an x-ray ordered to see if there is a spur or fracture. Our orthopedic care includes draining of excess fluid, dressing, anti-inflammatory medication, and injections of medication to ease the swelling.
Radial head fractures are one of the most common elbow injuries we see at our practice, especially in women between 30 to 40 years of age. This type of elbow injury happens when you reach out a hand to break your fall, which then dislocates the elbow. Because of this, you may feel pain and have swelling and difficulty in moving your elbow. Our elbow specialists can diagnose you with this by performing a thorough exam and taking an x-ray or CT scan. Treatment then entails the use of a splint or sling for up to a few weeks. If we determine you need to have elbow surgery, our orthopedic surgeon can insert pins or screws.
This elbow injury is found in people who perform repetitive arm movements; when the muscles are overused, this causes microtears in the tendons. If you find your elbow hurting when moving and at rest, the best course of action is to take a break from whatever activity caused the pain in the first place. In addition to rest, treatment includes ice packs, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, splints, and physical therapy.
Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when your ulnar nerve is compressed. Your fingers may go numb and feel tingly, plus you may lose strength in your grip. A condition with similar causes to tennis and golfer’s elbow, orthopedic treatments for ulnar nerve entrapment are similar as well—rest is the most important thing to do.