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What are Some Treatment Options for Elbow Pain?

Woman smilingIf you are dealing with swelling and stiffness of the elbow, then there are numerous elbow pain treatment options available to you. However, your treatment plan will depend on the type of disorder causing the elbow discomfort. Some of the most commonly treated elbow conditions include medial epicondylitis (also known as golfer’s elbow), lateral epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow), olecranon bursitis (also referred to as student’s elbow), osteoarthritis, dislocation, fractures, and ligament strains and sprains.

It’s important for a physician to first properly diagnose the disorder causing your symptoms and then determine your best option for elbow pain treatment. A number of diagnostic testing services may be employed, including performing a physical exam, conducting an X-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI, or performing a biopsy of the bursal fluid, which is the lubricating fluid located between tissues, such as tendons, muscle, and bone.

Conservative Treatment Options for Elbow Pain

Most elbow disorders require only conservative treatment. The following non-surgical options may help to alleviate your symptoms:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Elbow padding, bracing or immobilization
  • Rest

However, due to the complex nature of the elbow joint, it is highly susceptible to a wide range of injuries and age-related conditions that may require elbow surgery to correct it.

Elbow Replacement Surgery at Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital is a leading destination for patients like you seeking surgical elbow pain treatment or joint replacement revision surgery. We are a high-volume surgical center that performs more than 4,000 inpatient orthopedic surgical procedures annually, which is more surgeries than any other facility within West Central Florida. Our team of surgeons and medical professionals has vast expertise and extensive, year-long fellowship training, uses state-of-the-art technology, and continues to perform scientific and clinical research, putting us at the forefront of orthopedic surgery.

However, we’re more than just a surgical center. TGH’s Joint Center is a comprehensive orthopedic care facility where you 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. We have even been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-2019. At TGH, we can attribute this success to our team of dedicated professionals, which include:

  • Surgeons
  • Physicians
  • Advanced registered nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Care coordinators

If you require elbow pain treatment or need a referral to an orthopedic surgeon at TGH, use our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).