Your elbow joint is made up of the humerus (upper arm bone) as well as the radius and ulna (forearm bones). Muscles and tendons move the elbow joint while ligaments primarily stabilize the joint. There are many potential causes of elbow pain, including tendonitis (tennis elbow), fractures or other trauma, arthritis, and nerve disorders. In fact, some symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the hand may be due to a problem at the elbow. Orthopedic Associates of Hartford can help diagnose the cause of your hand or elbow symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Treatment of these conditions depends on the cause, and non-operative treatment is often successful. If necessary, our elbow specialists have specific training and experience in operative management of complex fractures, arthritis, ligament tears, and nerve disorders.
Some of the most common elbow problems include:
Sprains and Strains are tears to the ligaments or muscles caused by being stretched beyond their capacity. Ligaments join the ends of bones together.
Dislocation of joints occurs when one of the two bones that make up a joint separates from the other bone.
Fractures of the bones, or broken bones
Tendonitis is inflammation or pain along a tendon. Tendons are the structures that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendons in the elbow that can experience tendonitis are the biceps and triceps tendon, as well as other tendons in tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that is found where tendons pass by bony surfaces.
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage of a joint surface is injured. Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and loss of motion.
Nerve problems occurs when nerves around the elbow are inflamed or compressed. This can cause numbness, tingling or weakness in the forearm or hand.