Surgical Elbow Pain Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
There are numerous elbow pain treatment options available to patients who are dealing with severe discomfort and symptoms such as swelling and stiffness of the elbow. Treatment will depend on the type of disorder causing the elbow discomfort. Different types of elbow disorders include medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer’s elbow; lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow; olecranon bursitis; osteoarthritis; dislocation; fractures, and ligament strains and sprains. To diagnose the disorder and determine a patient’s best option for elbow pain treatment, a doctor can employ a number of methods including a physical exam, X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or perform a biopsy of the bursal fluid, which is the lubricating fluid located between tissues such as tendons, muscle and bone.
Most elbow disorders require only conservative treatment. Some of these non-surgical options that may result in alleviated symptoms include medication, physical therapy, steroid injections, elbow padding, bracing or immobilization, and rest. However, due to the complex nature of the elbow joint, a system of intricately connected bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, it is highly susceptible to a wide range of injuries and age-related conditions that may require surgery to correct.
Tampa General Hospital is a leading destination for patients seeking surgical elbow pain treatment. We are a high-volume surgical center that performed close to 1,600 joint replacments in 2016 alone, so our team has vast experience performing elbow surgeries. However, we’re more than just a surgical center. TGH’s Joint Center is a comprehensive orthopedic care facility where patients will receive everything from financial guidance to post-surgery physical therapy. Our goal is to optimize surgical outcomes, which we have achieved by developing and improving a multidisciplinary approach. Patients at TGH benefit from the services provided by a team of dedicated professionals including:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Care coordinators
Patients requiring elbow pain treatment can receive a referral to an orthopedic surgeon at TGH by using our online Physician Finder or by calling 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).