Our specialty-trained elbow doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for patients’ elbow injuries and conditions.
When an elbow doctor meets with a patient to discuss their elbow issue, the elbow doctor uses their expertise to properly diagnose the condition then draws on their knowledge to offer the best treatment solutions. These specialists have significant experience working with people who are coping with elbow pain due to repetitive stress injuries, since the joint is very susceptible to them. Examples of this type of injury which many people have heard of are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. A less commonly known repetitive stress injury of the elbow is called cubital tunnel syndrome, which develops when a nerve on the back of the elbow becomes compressed, causing numbness and tingling.
Elbow specialists also often work with individuals who have arthritis. The symptoms are usually different from repetitive stress injuries, and people with elbow arthritis often experience aching, swelling, tenderness, and pain in the elbow.
When a patient makes a deliberate choice to work with an elbow doctor, they benefit from the specialized knowledge, skills, and insights this medical professional offers. This targeted care regularly results in reduced or eliminated elbow pain and an overall better quality of life.
When It’s Time to Seek Elbow Care
Take note of the symptoms you are experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that people with elbow problems typically have:
- Bruises near the elbow joint
- Can’t rotate the hand or wrist
- Can’t straighten the elbow
- Elbow pain when trying to reach and grab for an item
- Elbow catches or locks up
- Fingers are numb
- Forearm muscles are tight
- Lump on the tip of the elbow bone
- Tender to the touch
If any of these symptoms describe your elbow issue, it’s possible that you may have one of these elbow conditions or injuries:
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Golfer’s elbow
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress fracture
- Tennis elbow
- Trapped nerve or tendon
Elbow pain can have a negative effect on your life, leaving you unable to complete everyday tasks. If elbow pain and the underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it’s imperative to contact one of our elbow specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. We have clinics in Monroe, Ruston, and West Monroe, and we also offer rehabilitation services at our Monroe Rehab and West Monroe Rehab facilities.
Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your elbow injury can’t wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe . Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Expert Elbow Care You Can Trust
Since 1951, our doctors have remained dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care to the communities of northeast Louisiana. They are backed by a knowledgeable and professional staff and are equipped with the latest resources, technology, and tools they need to deliver the very best orthopaedic care to all patients.
At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Martin deGravelle Jr., Dr. James Finley, Dr. Timothy “Daven” Spires Jr., and Dr. David Trettin, are experts at understanding the multitude of elbow issues that exist and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our surgeons believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy or injections, before considering a medical procedure or surgery. However, if our surgeons diagnose your damage as severe, they may recommend surgery and will educate you about the process, which includes what you need to consider, how you can prepare for surgery, and what you can expect during recovery.
Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our elbow surgeons to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.
If you have concerns about your elbow, schedule an appointment to talk through your options with one of our expertly trained elbow surgeons by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
This condition, commonly called tennis elbow, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is primarily felt at the lateral epicondyle, the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow.
Overuse Injuries of the Elbow
If you are an athlete, or if you work with your arms and hands, your elbows may be at risk for an overuse injury. This is an injury caused by repetitive motions. This type of injury can be a problem for people who play sports such as tennis or baseball. Children also have a higher risk, because their bones are still growing.