At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we treat bone, joint and muscle injuries and illnesses with a complete treatment program to guide our patients through the orthopedic care journey, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Our team of physicians is dedicated to educating patients on their condition and treatment options, working to find the safest and most effective solution to get the patient back to their active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Our approach to orthopedic elbow treatment combines non-surgical treatment modalities with cutting-edge surgical procedures to offer each patient the best combination of treatment methods for their elbow injury or illness.
A Team Approach to Getting Great Outcomes
Our team of orthopedic specialists works collaboratively with a leading team of nurses, medical staff and rehabilitation specialists to provide comprehensive medical care. Many of our physicians start and end their careers here, and some are third- and fourth-generation physicians carrying on the family legacy of caring for patients here at TMCA.
We’re dedicated to focusing on the tried-and-true treatment methods that get our patients back on their feet after an orthopedic condition. We work from state-of-the-art, newly renovated ORs with advanced orthopedic surgery technology. Our focus on patient care has made us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.
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If you’d like to learn more about orthopedic elbow treatment at TMCA, or schedule an appointment, please call 303-873-0630.
Elbow Conditions We Treat
- Arthritis of the elbow
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Dislocated elbow
- Elbow bursitis
- Elbow fracture
- Elbow sprain
- Golfer’s and Tennis elbow
- Little League elbow
- Pulled elbow
Conditions In Depth
Arthritis of the elbow can become a serious medical condition that causes significant pain and limits motion, mobility and quality of life. The term arthritis literally means joint inflammation, and it commonly affects the hips, along with other joints, in older patients. Arthritis can affect people differently. Some may have mild symptoms with little progression, while others may have symptoms that significantly worsen over time, affecting mobility and quality of life.
The team of orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treats arthritis of the elbow with the goals of relieving pain, maintaining mobility and function, and improving quality of life. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and more. Learn more here.
An orthopedic condition of the elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome is a set of symptoms caused by abnormal pressure on the ulnar nerve, an area on the inside of the elbow. Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome can include numbness and weakness in the hand, particularly the pinky and ring fingers.
There are several risk factors for developing cubital tunnel syndrome, including:
- Stress on the elbow from long periods of time with the elbow in a bent position or with pressure on the elbow
- Injury or trauma to the elbow
- Inflammation, bleeding or fluid build-up near the elbow joint
In most cases, cubital tunnel syndrome will go away on its own when excess pressure on the elbow is removed. However, in some cases, long-term untreated cubital tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent muscle damage in the hand.
At TMCA, we treat cubital tunnel syndrome with a comprehensive exam to identify the cause of stress to the ulnar nerve, followed by lifestyle alterations, physical therapy, and over-the-counter medications for pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Surgery may be required in more severe cases or if other treatment methods fail. The goal of surgery is to relieve compression and restore the nerve function and muscle strength. Surgical options include cubital tunnel release, ulnar nerve anterior transportation and medial epicondylectomy. Learn more here.
An elbow dislocation occurs when the bones of the elbow are pulled out of place. It often involves damage to the ligaments and sometimes damage to the bones. A dislocation will make certain movements impossible, and can cause severe pain and difficulty bending or moving the arm.
In most cases, the orthopedic surgeons at TMCA can manipulate the elbow back into place. This non-surgical procedure requires pain medications and muscle relaxers before and after the elbow is moved to reduce discomfort. After the elbow has been moved back into place, treatment may include immobilization with a splint or sling, exercise and rehabilitation of the elbow, and over-the-counter or prescription pain medication during recovery.
In some more complex cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage to the ligaments, bones and nerves damaged by the elbow dislocation. Learn more here.
Elbow bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a thin sac that lies between bone and soft tissue near the elbow. A healthy bursa allows smooth movement of soft tissue over bone. Inflammation can make it painful to move the nearby joint.
At TMCA, we treat elbow bursitis with a focus on reducing inflammation and pain for the patient. The first step is a physical exam to identify the reason for the bursitis and stop the activity. Rest and relaxation is key to healing from bursitis. Your orthopedic specialist may also recommend applying ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for inflammation and pain, and corticosteroid injection in some cases. Treatment often includes physical therapy. Learn more here.
An elbow fracture is a break in one or more of the bones that make up the elbow joint. The bones in the elbow joint are the humerus, the ulna and the radius.
Symptoms of an elbow fracture can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, numbness in the fingers or hand, and decreased ability to move and use the arm.
The team of orthopedic surgeons at TMCA works to treat elbow fractures and prevent long-term complications. Initial treatment can include a cast or sling to support and protect the elbow while it heals. If the fracture has caused damage to the bone, the pieces will need to be put back in their proper place either with surgical or non-surgical means. Prescription or over-the-counter medications may be given to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Recovery from a fractured elbow will require a period of rest and reduced elbow activity while the bones heal, often accompanied by ice and elevation to reduce swelling and discomfort. Once the elbow has healed, physical therapy and rehabilitation are often recommended to regain full strength and function of the elbow. Learn more here.
An elbow sprain is stretching or tearing of the ligaments that stabilize the elbow. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, limited ability to move the elbow and pain when moving the elbow.
For patients with elbow sprain, TMCA offers a treatment strategy to reduce pain and discomfort and return you to daily activities as soon as possible. Acute care may involve rest and relaxation, avoiding certain activities that stress the elbow, ice to reduce swelling and discomfort, and over-the-counter or prescription pain relief.
Your physician may also recommend extra support while the elbow heals. This can include wearing a brace or sling and completing rehabilitation exercises to build strength and movement in the elbow. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage caused by elbow sprain. Learn more here.
Both Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are forms of inflammation of the tendons that attach to the elbow. The difference between the two conditions is where the elbow is inflamed — Golfer’s elbow affects the inside of the elbow joint, while Tennis elbow impacts the outside of the elbow.
At TMCA, both Golfer’s and Tennis elbow are treated initially with rest, ice and anti-inflammatory pain relievers. Treatment may also include an elbow brace to immobilize and stabilize the elbow, and physical therapy to regain motion. If these non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful in relieving pain and discomfort, surgery may be necessary.
Little League elbow is a common condition that occurs in children and young athletes due to overuse associated with throwing. Little League elbow is the result of repetitive stress to the growth plate on the inside of the elbow. Athletes may experience aching, sharp pain, and swelling on the inside of the elbow. Treatment includes rest, ice or heat treatment, and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. In most cases, young athletes can return to the sport after physical therapy, rehabilitation and activity modifications to reduce the risk of further injury.
A pulled elbow occurs when one of the three bones of the elbow slips or is pulled out of place. This is a common elbow injury in young children that can be easily treated and does not lead to long-term problems. A TMCA orthopedic physician will be able to move the bone back into place.
For some children, the pain will go away and movement will return once the bone is moved back in place. For other children, it may take longer for the pain to go away and the elbow to move normally again. In some cases, over-the-counter pain medication and a sling or brace may be recommended to reduce discomfort.Learn more here.