When your elbow hurts, everyday activities become much more difficult. Carrying a laundry basket up the stairs or turning the steering wheel can send waves of pain through your elbow. Fortunately, your orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, can provide treatments that ease elbow pain.
Common Causes of Elbow Pain
Elbow pain can be related to your job or hobbies. If you swing a racquet or golf club, throw a ball, or work in a job that requires repetitive hand movements, like plumbing, carpentry, or cooking, you may be more likely to develop tennis or golfer's elbow.
Any condition that affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bursae in the elbow can cause pain, including arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations.
In addition to pain, you may experience swelling, warmth, or redness over your elbow and might hear clicking or popping sounds when you move the joint. Elbow conditions and injuries can weaken your forearm and wrist, making it difficult to grasp, hold or turn anything. In some cases, you may have trouble bending or moving your elbow.
Elbow Pain Treatment Options
Resting your elbow and taking over-the-counter pain killers is the first step in relieving your pain. If your pain continues, your Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, orthopedic specialists may recommend other treatments, depending on your diagnosis.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications relieve pain and swelling. Reducing swelling can also reduce stiffness. Corticosteroid injections may be helpful if other pain medications don't ease your pain.
A splint or cast may be needed if you've strained or broken your elbow. Splints can also be helpful for tennis and golfer's elbow and other conditions. These orthopedic devices protect and support your elbow while it heals.
Physical therapy is part of the treatment plan for many types of elbow pain. Therapy stretches and strengthens the muscles that support your elbow and can help reduce stiffness and improve range of motion. Although these and other treatments are very helpful, they may not relieve your pain if you have a severe elbow injury or condition. If your pain doesn't improve, surgery may be needed.
Are you tired of living with elbow pain? Call 703-369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.