Orthopaedic Associates

General Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Albany, GA

The elbow plays a critical role in many important arm motions, and ignoring an injury to this joint may lead to long-term pain. The expert team of physicians at Orthopaedic Associates treats the full spectrum of elbow injuries, from tendinitis to broken arms, at their convenient location in Albany, Georgia. Elbow pain shouldn’t be ignored — call or book an appointment online for professional treatment.

Elbow Q & A

What causes elbow pain?

Elbow pain often occurs when you overuse the joint by performing certain hand, wrist, or arm movements repetitively. Many activities and jobs, such as playing tennis or painting a house, involve repetitive motions that may lead to elbow pain.

Common injuries and conditions that cause elbow pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken arm
  • Dislocated elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Occasionally, arthritis may cause elbow pain. However, the elbow is much less susceptible to wear-and-tear cartilage damage than other joints, such as the knee.

What is the difference between tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow?

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are two common sports injuries that involve tendon pain. The difference between the two conditions is the tendon that’s affected.

Tennis elbow causes pain on the outside of your elbow, where the tendons of your forearm attach to the bony bump of your elbow joint. Conversely, golfer’s elbow creates pain where the tendons attach on the inside of your elbow.

Despite their names, you don’t need to play tennis or golf to develop either of these overuse injuries. Many activities can lead to tendon pain in your elbow, such as:

  • Lifting weights with an improper technique
  • Throwing sports such as baseball or football
  • Physical occupations such as plumbing and carpentry

Most of the time, you need to perform an activity for over an hour a day for many days before tennis or golfer’s elbow develops.

When should I see a doctor for elbow pain?

You should schedule an appointment at Orthopaedic Associates if elbow pain persists despite home treatment such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Orthopaedic Associates also offers urgent orthopaedic care for situations that require immediate medical attention, such as:

  • Visible deformity in the elbow
  • Inability to bend the elbow
  • Broken bone sticking through the skin

The highly skilled team at Orthopaedic Associates’ urgent care clinic sees patients outside of normal business hours so you can avoid a trip to the emergency room. They also have an on-site MRI and an ambulatory surgical center for severe injuries, such as an open fracture.

If you or a loved one has elbow pain, don’t hesitate to call Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online.