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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained elbow doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating elbow injuries and conditions.

The elbow is one of the largest joints in the body, connecting the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) to the upper arm bone (humerus) through a network of ligaments and muscles. Offering structure and durability, the elbow also allows for a great deal of range of motion. 

However, because it is one of the most frequently exercised and most stressed joints, it is also prone to injury, such as hyperextension and fractures, as well as orthopedic conditions, such as osteoarthritis and bursitis. 

Common ailments of the elbow include, but are not limited to:

  • Bursitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture

The most common causes of pain in the elbow are sudden or acute injuries, followed by overuse injuries which cause inflammation over time and can become extremely uncomfortable. Most chronic conditions afflicting the elbow, such as elbow osteoarthritis, typically affect people who already have a history of elbow injuries.

Lingering elbow pain generally isn’t serious, but because of the joint’s frequency of use, it certainly has the potential to disrupt your lifestyle, cause considerable pain, and restrict you from participating in activities you enjoy.

Our elbow doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understand that elbow pain can make simple, everyday tasks challenging, but rest assured, the Vail-Summit Orthopaedics elbow doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with an elbow doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

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Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the elbow, our esteemed elbow specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating elbow injuries and conditions.

Our elbow doctors, Dr. Erik Dorf and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your elbow injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a Vail-Summit Orthopaedics elbow doctor, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.

Movement

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.

Use

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.

Posture

The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

Stay Active

Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.