Elbow Pain - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Christopher D. Allmon is a reputed hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX specializing in treating elbow conditions and injuries. He specializes in assessing, managing and providing effective treatment for acute as well chronic elbow pain.

Elbow Pain

The elbow joint consists of various muscles, tendons and ligaments, which when injured, can cause elbow pain. The condition is common among athletes and people in occupations that require repetitive elbow joint movement. Elbow pain limits the rotation as well as extension of the hand and forearm.

Causes

  • Muscle sprain
  • Overuse of the elbow joint
  • Golfer Elbow
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Stress fracture
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ligament sprain and tears
  • Tendinitis

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Visible lump
  • Deformity in the elbow
  • Pain in hand, wrist, arm or shoulder
  • Inability to flex or strengthen the arm

Diagnosis

To diagnose the condition, the orthopedic doctor may physically examine the elbow joint and analyze the symptoms to identify the exact cause of the pain. He may ask various questions related to the condition such as the duration of pain, frequency of use of the elbow joint and any recent injuries. The doctor may also recommend undergoing imaging tests such as X-ray MRI or CT scan to rule out fracture or dislocation.

Treatment

  • Rest: The orthopedic surgeon may advise resting the affected joint to allow the inflammation to subside. It is beneficial to limit the mobility of the joint using a cast or brace.
  • Heat and Ice Packs: The patient may be recommended to apply ice or heat packs to the affected area to ease pain and compress swelling.
  • Medication: The wrist specialist may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Stretching: The patient may also be recommended to do certain stretching exercises to further improve the flexibility of the tendons and muscles.
  • Physiotherapy: The orthopedic physician may refer the patient to a physical therapist to help increase joint strength, regain mobility and resume daily activities.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment is usually recommended if the patient is experiencing severe discomfort or if some underlying orthopedic condition is causing elbow pain.

For comprehensive treatment of elbow pain, consult Dr. Allmon in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the elbow doctor, you can call at (972) 492 - 1334.