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Our elbow doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of elbow injuries and conditions.

Elbow pain can occur for many reasons. It can be due to an injury, such as a fall, but sports-related injuries are also common, such as tennis elbow. Pain can also be the result of wear and tear over time, such as osteoarthritis.

Know When It’s Time to See an Elbow Doctor

If you think your pain may be due to an elbow injury or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact an elbow specialist near you:

  • Pain or difficulty when using your elbow as normal
  • Pain in the elbow when using your arm, such as turning your palm up or down
  • Pain that radiates from the shoulder through the arm and elbow and into your hand
  • Pain that gets worse when you use your elbow
  • Elbow pain that does not improve when you rest or stop using your elbow
  • Swelling and bruising around your elbow

You should also seek medical treatment from a specialist if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.

Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the elbow and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Distal tendon bicep rupture
  • Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained specialists understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your pain and the most effective treatment for your individual elbow injury or condition.

To consult with one of our orthopaedic doctors specializing in the elbow at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the elbow, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating elbow injuries and conditions with and without surgery.

Our elbow specialists, Dr. Erik Dorf and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, are also surgeons who have additional training to include being fellowship-trained in hand and upper extremity and sports medicine and are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as elbow surgery. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we have the experience and expertise needed to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the elbow disorders we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips for Healthy Elbows

Most elbow conditions and injuries can be prevented. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect yourself from injury and pain.

Rotate Your Joints Daily
Each morning, slowly move each joint through a full range of motion. Be careful not to overextend.

Prevent Joint Stiffness
Be sure to move your joints periodically throughout the day, especially if you tend to be in one position for a long time, such as typing on a computer. This small, regular practice will help keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where you may be confined in a small space where your joints are bent, such as in an airline seat, take regular breaks to lift your arms over your head in order to extend and move your elbows.

Avoid Hyperextension
The elbow joint is a complex hinge joint that allows for the flexion and extension of the forearm as well as rotation of the forearm and wrist. Hyperextension occurs when the structures that connect these bones are pushed beyond their natural range of motion, or the joint is bent too far in the wrong direction from a straightened position. A hyperextended elbow may cause ligament or tissue damage and may even temporarily inhibit full movement.