Elbow pain, upper arm pain and related injuries
Duke is a nationally ranked orthopaedic center with some of the best elbow specialists in the country. Our doctors have extensive experience treating elbow problems including arthritis, fractures and sports injuries, and are nationally renowned experts in elbow replacement surgery. Our treatment approaches relieve your pain and help you regain your mobility.
Relief for your elbow pain
Whether you are experiencing elbow arthritis or a tendon or ligament injury, our doctors use the most advanced techniques to develop a treatment plan right for you. We diagnose and treat the causes of elbow pain and mobility problems, including elbow instability, golfer elbow, tennis elbow, and cubital tunnel syndrome -- a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve in the elbow is compressed, resulting in numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.
Choose Duke Orthopaedics for your elbow treatment because we offer:
- Safer surgeries, easier recoveries. When conservative treatments are not enough to relieve elbow pain, surgery may be recommended. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive approaches so you experience less pain, fewer complications and a speedier recovery.
- Expert treatment for sports injuries. We are experts in treating sports injuries in the elbow and upper arm including overuse injuries -- like tennis elbow and arthritis -- and traumatic injuries.
- Highly specialized team of surgeons. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to treating patients with hand, wrist, elbow and upper arm issues. They have trained hundreds of other orthopaedic surgeons who now practice around the country. Because of our expertise, our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
- Expertise in reattachment. In the case of trauma to the arm, our doctors are leaders in reattaching fingers, hands, wrist and arms that have been severed or severely damaged. We use microsurgical techniques to repair damaged nerves and blood vessels for optimal function and recovery. Many other hospitals do not have reattachment capabilities.
- Physical therapy that makes a difference. Our physical therapy professionals work to reduce your elbow pain, helping you regain strength and mobility so you can return to your favorite sports and activities.
- Coordinated care team. Our orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiologists and orthopaedic nurses work together to ease your pain and restore your function.
- Leaders in elbow replacement. Our orthopaedic surgeons have helped pioneer elbow replacement surgery. If you are in need of an elbow replacement, our team has access to the latest artificial elbow joints and works with you to find the best one to suit your needs.
ELBOW PAIN, UPPER ARM PAIN AND RELATED INJURIES
The elbow is one of the most complicated joints in the body. Our doctors thoroughly evaluate the source of your pain or immobility to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Treatment for your elbow pain, elbow arthritis, tingling and weakness begins with proven conservative therapies. We offer a full spectrum of treatments, including common therapies such as pain medication, splinting, bracing, steroid injections and targeted physical therapy.
This outpatient procedure, performed under regional anesthesia, relieves the pressure on the elbow’s ulnar nerve caused by cubital tunnel syndrome. The procedure alleviates pain and weakness in your elbow, hands or fingers.
If you suffer from a stiff elbow that won’t extend or flex properly, our surgeons can remove the bone blocking the movement and release scarred muscle or ligaments. This increases your elbow’s range of motion.
Restores movement in an injured arm by reattaching torn tendons in either the bicep or tricep to the appropriate forearm bone using stitches or metal implants.
Commonly called Tommy John Surgery, this procedure repairs injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow by replacing the damaged ligament with a tendon from another area of the body.
When contracture (shortening of the muscle or elbow joint) or elbow arthritis requires surgery, our surgeons use small incisions and a tiny camera to remove bone spurs, loose fragments or a portion of the diseased bone lining. This minimally invasive approach means you experience less pain and a quicker return to normal activities. Our surgeons may also use elbow arthroscopy before reconstructive surgery to get a better view of the elbow joint and ligaments affected by elbow arthritis, tendonitis or instability, so that the surgery is more precise.
Relieves painful symptoms associated with elbow arthritis by removing part of the bone or part or all of the diseased bone lining.
Co-developed at Duke, the popular Coonrad/Morrey artificial elbow joint set the standard for elbow replacement. We are among the top centers in the country offering elbow replacement surgery, also know as elbow arthroplasty. We receive referrals from other centers around the country because of our superior patient outcomes, and have the experience needed to handle both first-time and corrective elbow joint replacements. Learn more about elbow replacement surgery.
ELBOW PAIN, UPPER ARM PAIN AND RELATED INJURIES
Assessment begins with a physical exam to rule out the possibility of an underlying problem, such as a broken bone or nerve condition. X-rays may be taken to confirm fractures or bone abnormalities.
Doctors may also use MRI imaging to assess damage to the soft tissues of the elbow.