For all its complexity, your elbow is a fairly rugged joint that can withstand high repetitive force loads. Nevertheless, overuse from sports like tennis or golf, repetitive occupational use, or carrying heavy loads with an extended elbow can all lead to debilitating chronic pain that is difficult to get rid of.
When you are experiencing elbow pain that will not let up, you might try common remedies like ice and NSAIDs to at least get some temporary relief. But ongoing pain can signal a serious injury that may require more targeted treatment. The first step is to identify the exact cause of pain, so you can take an effective treatment approach.
While some conditions that cause elbow pain may eventually go away on their own with rest, the condition may flare up again unless underlying issues are addressed.
Diagnosis of your elbow pain begins with a throughout health history and physical exam. You may be asked to perform some simple range of motion or strength exercises to evaluate the effect of your pain on mobility.
At NYDNR, we use real-time diagnostic ultrasound to view the structures associated with your elbow, including the wrist, shoulder and neck. Ultrasound allows us to view your joints in motion, in real time, to see how the surrounding structures interact. We are then able to pinpoint the source and severity of your injury.
Accurate diagnosis is key to determining a correct course of treatment. In many clinics, diagnosis is based primarily on the patient’s reported symptoms. However, symptoms are often similar for completely different conditions. You could undergo months of therapy for the wrong condition, without satisfactory results.
Elbow pain treatment often includes:
Treatment at NYDNR may also include any of the following:
If you are suffering from ongoing elbow pain, the orthopedic specialists at NYDNRehabcan help. We use cutting edge technologies and innovative therapies, combined with years of expertise, to diagnose and treat patients with chronic elbow pain.