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||Tennis Elbow is a painful condition involving the
tendons that attach to the bone on the outside part of the elbow.
Overuse causes degeneration of the tendon's attachment that can
lead to pain during particular activities, most commonly tennis or other
sports, but may occur with other activities. Symptoms include pain and
tenderness in the affected area. Men or women between 30 to 50 years old
are most commonly affected by this condition.
Treatments for Tennis Elbow include activity limitation,
anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or wearing a brace.
Surgery is only considered when pain doesn't respond to conservative care,
and symptoms have lasted more than six months. Two methods are available —
traditional open surgery or arthroscopy — a procedure performed with
instruments inserted into the joint through small incisions. Both are
performed in an outpatient setting.
Cubital Tunnel SyndromeCubital Tunnel Syndrome is brought on by
increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve lies
directly next to the area of the elbow commonly known as the "funny bone"
and is susceptible to pressure. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when
pressure on the nerve is significantly enough sustained to disturb the way
the ulnar nerve works.
Symptoms usually include pain, numbness, and and/or tingling. The
numbness or tingling most often occurs in the fourth (ring finger) or
fifth (little finger) fingers. Symptoms are usually felt when there's
repetitive pressure on the nerve, such as sitting with the elbow on an arm
rest or bending and straightening the elbow.
Pain from Cubital Tunnel Syndrome may sometimes be relieved without
surgery, particularly if the pressure on the nerve is minimal. This may
include therapy and behavioral changes. If symptoms are severe or don't
improve, surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
Olecranon "Funny Bone" FracturesThis is a type of fracture
injury of the most prominent bone of the elbow, called the "olecranon".
These fractures can occur by either falling directly on the elbow, or when
the triceps muscle pulls off a fragment of bone from the elbow. The
Olecranon Fracture can impair your ability to straighten the elbow joint.
Treatment of an Olecranon Fracture depends on the amount of
displacement of the fracture fragments and the function of the triceps
muscle. If the fracture is not displaced or minimally displaced and you're
able to extend the elbow, most likely surgery isn't necessary. In these
cases protected motion and time will heal the fracture. Otherwise,
surgical treatment of the fracture will be needed.
Osteoarthritis of the ElbowOsteoarthritis of the Elbow occurs
when the cartilage surface of the elbow is damaged or becomes worn. This
can happen due to previous injury or a result of degeneration of the joint
cartilage from age. Onset typically occurs in patients 50 years of age or
older and is more common in men than women. Symptoms include pain and loss
of range of motion. Patients usually report a "grating" or "locking"
sensation in the elbow. Joint swelling may occur as the disease
Nonsurgical treatments are available in the early stages of
Osteoarthritis of the Elbow— the most common being oral medications to
reduce pain, physical therapy, and activity modification. When nonsurgical
interventions aren't enough to control symptoms, surgery may be