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Orthopedic Surgeons Near New Orleans, LA

Orthopedic Specialists For Elbow Pain

The elbow is a complex joint that consists of the upper arm bone (humerus) and one of the lower arm bones (ulna) connected by a hinge, or a joint that only moves in one direction. Although not protected by muscle or fat like most other joints, the elbow is one of the most important joints in the body as it allows the arms to bend and twist. 

When your elbows are compromised by a tennis elbow injury or other orthopedic condition, your life can be put on hold. At Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic, our team has been providing expert elbow treatment for 41 years and counting. With same-day appointments and a commitment to compassionate care, the elbow orthopedic surgeons at Jefferson Orthopedic can help you find relief.

Whether you’re looking for minimally-invasive solutions to elbow pain or board-certified elbow replacement surgeons, you’ve found the right place. To schedule your first appointment, call 504-349-6804  or use our online scheduling tool below.

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Sports Medicine & Elbow Pain Specialist in Marrero, LA

Treatments for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow & More

At Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic, our board-certified orthopedists treat a wide variety of elbow conditions and injuries, allowing patients to regain the freedom to move their elbows without pain or discomfort and ultimately return to the activities they love.

Some of the most common conditions we treat include:

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Cubital tunnel syndrome causes pain and numbness as a result of long-term nerve inflammation. In cubital tunnel syndrome, the ulnar nerve is affected at the site of the cubital tunnel, located in the elbow. Inflammation may occur as a result of frequent bending of the elbow or simply from the natural anatomy of the elbow joint. Symptoms include pain and numbness outside of the hand and wrist. 
    • Cubital tunnel syndrome treatment can usually be done without a need for surgery with non-invasive techniques like braces, splints, anti-inflammatory medication and lifestyle changes. However, some patients do require surgery to make a full recovery.
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow): Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow, is a form of tendonitis that manifests on the inner side of the elbow. It is caused by the tendon in the forearm being stressed from constant use, but is not restricted to golfers; pitchers and even those not involved in sports can develop golfer’s elbow.
    • Golf elbow treatment is generally done using analgesics and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as resting the elbow. However, professional athletes suffering from this condition may opt for more immediate relief in the form of glucocorticoid injections so as not to miss important career events. 
  • Olecranon Bursitis: Olecranon bursitis, also called elbow bursitis, involves the development of a fluid-filled sac between the loose skin and bone of the elbow. This condition typically occurs after a fall onto the elbow, from an infection, or from prolonged pressure on the elbow, and may cause pain, swelling and limited motion of the elbow joint. Infected elbow bursitis may cause fevers, chills, sweats and redness.
    • Treatment for olecranon bursitis depends on the cause and severity of the condition, but may include applying ice, rest, fluid aspiration or antibiotics. Severe cases or those that do not respond to conservative treatment may require surgery to remove the bursa, with no damage to surrounding muscles, ligaments or joint structures.
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an elbow injury that occurs as a result of overuse, most commonly from playing tennis. The pain associated with this condition affects the lateral epicondyle, the area where the forearms’ tendons connect with the bony outer portion of the elbow. While tennis elbow typically affects adults aged 30 to 50, anyone who continually stresses their wrists is at a higher risk of developing this condition.
    • Tennis elbow treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, icing of the affected area, cortisone injections, elbow braces, physical therapy, and sometimes tennis elbow surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are conditions of the elbow diagnosed?

The team of specialists at Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic are highly experienced in diagnosing injuries of the elbow. For most patients, diagnosis consists of a thorough physical exam; however, in some cases, the doctors will employ a nerve conduction velocity test to provide an accurate diagnosis.

How can I find short-term relief for elbow pain?

If the injury you’ve sustained is a severely painful emergency, it’s important to have it treated as soon as possible. In the meantime try the RICE method to alleviate pain:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation 

How long will I have to wait for my appointment at Jefferson Ortho?

The sooner you receive treatment, the better your outcomes. That’s why Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic is proud to offer same-day appointments, including same-day surgeries for patients who are in need of immediate treatment for an injury. 

How can I get started with the best elbow specialist near me?

The team at Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic wants to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the top-quality care they need. Just schedule your appointment using our online tool. If you’re more comfortable talking to our friendly, knowledgeable staff, give us a call at 504-349-6804.