Elbow Pain in Asheville, NC

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What is Elbow Pain?

At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our goal is to diagnose your issue properly and provide alternative treatment options that can potentially alleviate your pain and provide lasting results. It is usually felt on the inside or outside of your elbow with pain levels rising at the end of each day. Elbow pain also typically causes stiffness or a decreased range of motion in the elbow, which can prevent patients from performing normal, everyday activities. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Christie Lehman, is passionate about the needs of our Asheville, NC patients. After a thorough assessment, we can effectively diagnose and treat virtually any elbow condition.

What Are Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow?

Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are two of the most common elbow conditions. The former is an overuse injury that results in pain over the lateral, or outside, aspect of the elbow that worsens when squeezing objects. Although it’s quite common among tennis players, it can also affect other athletes and individuals as well. Golfer’s elbow, on the other hand, is similar, but occurs at the medial, or inside, aspect of the elbow. Pain may be worse with moving the wrist up and down.

What Are Causes of Elbow Pain?

Elbow pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse injuries such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, which result from repetitive strain on the tendons. Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to joint inflammation and pain. Bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa sac, and tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons, are also common causes. Additionally, fractures or dislocations from trauma, nerve compression syndromes like cubital tunnel syndrome, and infections can contribute to elbow pain. Understanding the underlying cause is crucial for effective treatment and pain relief.

What Are Symptoms of Elbow Pain?

Symptoms of elbow pain can vary depending on the underlying cause but often include a dull ache or sharp pain around the elbow joint. This pain may worsen with activities that involve gripping or lifting. Swelling, redness, and warmth around the elbow can indicate inflammation or infection. Stiffness and a decreased range of motion may also be present, making it difficult to fully extend or flex the arm. In some cases, numbness or tingling in the fingers or hand may occur, suggesting nerve involvement. These symptoms can help our team at Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in diagnosing the specific condition causing the elbow pain.

How is Elbow Pain Diagnosed?

When you arrive for the evaluation of your elbow pain, our priority will be to determine exactly what’s causing your discomfort. To that end, we’ll begin by asking you detailed questions about your symptoms – including when they first appeared and if any activities seem to make them worse. From there, we’ll perform a physical examination of the joint, evaluating the area for tenderness, pain, and swelling. In-office ultrasound evaluation will be performed and consideration for further imaging - possibly Xray or MRI if needed.

HOW is Elbow Pain Treated?

Treatment options depend upon the severity of the injury, past medical history, access to medical care, and your physician’s preferences. In general, it is always best to start with conservative therapy. Treatment options include:

Elbow Pain FAQ

Why is PRP for tennis and/or golfer’s elbow better than steroids or surgery?
PRP is becoming a preferred treatment for ailments like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow because of its minimally invasive nature, regenerative properties, and potential long-term results. Steroid shots risk making the condition worse over time while surgery is associated with many risks.

Will Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine suggest surgery to repair my elbow?
Only as a last resort after conservative treatment options and regenerative therapies have not improved your situation. Dr. Lehman and her team believe orthopedic surgeries can be risky and may not solve the problem. In some cases, surgery may worsen pain.

Are PRP injections for the elbow painful?
You may experience brief discomfort during the PRP process for your elbow pain. After the PRP treatment, you may also feel continued pain for a couple of days before the pain starts to subside. The healing process is typically gradual from that point on, and you may need another PRP treatment a few weeks later.

Alleviate Your Pain

Elbow pain can be debilitating. Treatment options include conservative care, medications, steroid injections, and surgery. PRP is an effective, non-surgical option that is becoming the standard of care for tennis elbow and avoids the risks of surgery, and extensive rehabilitation. In addition, PRP injections avoid the risk of viral infection associated with operating rooms, hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers. Don’t let elbow pain keep you on the sidelines. Let your own cells heal your ongoing elbow pain.

If you have elbow pain and are interested in effective, noninvasive, and exciting new treatments, request an appointment with ARO.

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