Elbow Pain Specialist

Premier Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dearborn, MI & Canton, MI

If you’re like most, you probably spend very little time thinking about your elbows unless an injury arises, after which you may be able to focus on little else. Elbow pain is among the areas of expertise for Jiab Suleiman, DO, and Alaa Mansour, DPM, of Premier Orthopedics in Canton and Dearborn, Michigan. Learn about your options for relief during a visit to Premier Orthopedics. Call to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Elbow Pain Q&A

What causes elbow pain?

Your elbows play a significant role in arm and hand movement, and you use these joints throughout each day. There is a wide range of circumstances that can lead to elbow pain, many of which fall under the category of overuse injuries. 

Some of the causes of elbow pain include:

  • Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Dislocation
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Nerve damage
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger

Occasional elbow pain that resolves within a couple of days is usually nothing to be concerned about. Don’t live with ongoing elbow pain or limited joint mobility when there are treatments that can help. 

How is elbow pain diagnosed?

Your specialist performs a thorough diagnostic exam to determine the source of your elbow pain. A physical examination is part of the process, as is a discussion of your symptoms. 

Additional diagnostic tools include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan
  • Biopsy of the bursa fluid
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Once your orthopedic team understands the cause of your elbow pain, a customized treatment plan follows. 

What are some treatment options for elbow pain?

There are several ways to treat elbow pain, and the right path for you depends on the extent of your injury, your overall health, and how you use your elbow joints. 

A conservative approach searches for treatments that do not require surgery to yield positive results. In some cases, a period of rest and ice can support your body’s ability to heal damaged joint components. 

Steroid injections can reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief. A course of physical therapy can strengthen the muscles that support the joint to relieve pain and reduce the risk of further injury. 

In some cases, surgery is the only way to achieve lasting pain relief. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery can repair elbow joint damage without displacing a significant amount of tissue. Ligament repair and reconstruction procedures can restore proper joint function and relieve pain. 

To explore these and other treatment options, schedule an appointment at Premier Orthopedics today. Call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.