The Holy Cross Hospital Medical Group orthopedic physicians recognize that no two patients are alike - and neither are their elbow conditions. The elbow, as a major joint, is prone to a variety of aches and pains related to overuse and traumatic injury. These include inflammation of the bony knob on the outer side of the elbow (tennis elbow), irritation of the nerves passing through the elbow (neuritis), and an inflammation of the tendons that run the length of the arm (tendonitis). These problems are relatively minor and can usually be treated with a combination of rest and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis affect the joint linings and cartilage, causing pain and stiffness. Large bony spurs can develop along the margins of the joint, decreasing the range of motion. Mild to moderate arthritis can be treated conservatively through changes in physical activities, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. As the disease progresses, cortisone injections are often helpful. More aggressive medical treatment is available for rheumatoid arthritis. However, arthritis is a degenerative disease with no known cure. If arthritis pain worsens to the point where it is unbearable, surgical solutions should be considered.
Holy Cross Hospital offers rehabilitation services that provide patients with a comprehensive, "one-stop-shopping" approach to recovery. The Holy Cross Medical Group orthopedic specialists work closely with the Holy Cross physical therapists, experts specializing in current elbow techniques designed to help patients resume their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.