Arm & Elbow

Treatments for Arm and
Elbow Pain in Kansas City

The arm and elbow are commonly overshadowed by problems of the hand and shoulder but are just as important to a happy, healthy upper extremity! The elbow is comprised of the humerus (arm bone) and the two bones of the forearm: the radius and ulna.

Acute Traumatic Injuries

Fractures

The most common traumatic injuries of the arm and elbow are fractures which include medial epicondyle, olecranon, radial head and radial neck fractures.

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Bracing
  • Splinting/Casting
  • Physical Therapy

Surgical Treatments

  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (Surgical Repair)
  • Olecranon Repair
  • Radial Head Repair
  • Radial Head Replacement
  • Humerus Repair

Dislocations

Elbow dislocations occur from falls and are especially common in wrestlers and other grappling athletes. Early evaluation is important to determine if the patient sustained a simple dislocation or a more complex injury such as a “terrible triad”.

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Immobilization
  • Bracing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Splinting/Casting

Surgical Treatment

  • Surgical Repair
  • Fracture Repair
  • Ligament Repair/Reconstruction
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair/Reconstruction
  • Radial Head Replacement
  • Coronoid Fracture Repair

Biceps & Triceps

Distal biceps tendon ruptures and triceps tendon ruptures can be easily missed in the emergency room or urgent care setting because they are commonly not seen on x-rays. Prompt diagnosis can easily be made in the orthopedic office which is important because timely treatment leads to optimal recovery.

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Bracing
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication
  • Typically Recommended for Ill or Limited Activity Patients

Surgical Treatments

  • Distal Biceps Repair
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Repair/Reconstruction
  • Typically Recommended for Active, Healthy Individuals

Overuse Conditions

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is known as lateral epicondylitis. Due to the pain caused by grasping or gripping objects, this can be significantly debilitating for otherwise young and active people.

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Physical Therapy
  • Regenerative Tissue Injections
  • Soft Tissue Treatments/Massage

Surgical Treatments

  • Arthroscopic or Open Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Debridement
  • Open Debridement
  • Ligament Repair

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow is a similar condition that is known as medial epicondylitis, although it most commonly occurs in those who are not recreational golfers.

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections

SURGICAL TREATMENTS

Repair of Partial Tendon or Ligament Tears