News Category: Elbow


Important Information About Four Elbow Conditions

Elbow problems getting you down? Wondering what to do? There are many choices including steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (blood therapy), physical therapy and even surgery. Perhaps giving the problem some time (the old wait-and-do-nothing approach) might be best. The information in this review article may be helpful. Two orthopedic surgeons […]


The Docking Procedure for UCL Reconstruction

In this article, orthopedic surgeons from the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City team up to instruct other surgeons about the value of the Docking procedure to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The UCL is also known as the medial collateral […]


Clinical Recommendations for Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow

The best way to treat a condition called osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the capitellum (elbow bone) when it is unstable has not been determined. That’s the conclusion of orthopedic surgeons specializing in the treatment of this problem. And in this review article, they will tell you why high-level evidence is […]


Tennis Elbow Remains a Difficult Problem

Despite over 100 years of study and treatment, lateral epicondylitis, otherwise known as “tennis elbow” remains a difficult problem to treat. Recent research has shown us that partial tears of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) tendon just don’t heal right. But the reason for this remains unknown. After the […]


Can a Biceps Tendon Rupture Heal By Itself?

In this case example, treatment of a distal biceps rupture is discussed. Questions answered include: 1) Can this heal by itself? 2) What happens if no treatment is provided? and 3) When should surgery be done? The optimal timing, best way to operate, and postoperative care are also discussed. The […]


Elbow Stiffness After Injury

Orthopedic surgeons from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota review the concepts and molecular changes that occur with elbow stiffness after elbow trauma or injury. There are many bone and soft tissue injuries that can contribute to posttraumatic elbow stiffness. It’s not always clear what all the factors are leading […]


Symptoms After Ulnar Nerve Decompression

Patients suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome may seek relief from painful, disabling symptoms through surgery. But imagine their surprise and disappointment when they have a successful outcome and then the symptoms come back. Are these symptoms the same old (persistent) unchanged symptoms or are they a true recurrence of the […]


Best Treatment for Septic Olecranon Bursitis

In this article, surgeons from The Philadelphia Hand Center explore the best treatment for septic olecranon bursitis. Since studies of this problem are limited, evidence-based treatment has not been established. By reviewing the studies that have been done, the authors provide some thoughts on the problem and its treatment. Olecranon […]


Myofascial Release Therapy for Elbow Pain Associated with Computer Use

Physical therapists around the world successfully treat elbow pain caused by many hours using a mouse control device at the computer. One of the helpful treatment tools used is a technique called myofascial release therapy (MFT). In this study from researchers in Malaysia and India, evidence to support the value […]


Modern Surgical Concepts for Ligamentous Reconstruction of the Elbow

Ligaments of the elbow are tough and are built to last. But repetitive overuse as in the case of the overhead throwing athlete can result in ligament damage and elbow instability. Chronic load and stress create wear and tear on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in particular. In this article, […]


Case Report of Rare Elbow Disease

Physicians from the Rheumatology and Radiology Departments at the Hassan II University Hospital in Morocco present in this report the rare case of elbow pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS). There are only 15 published cases of this condition. The diagnostic process and successful treatment described here may help others recognize and […]


Step-By-Step Approach to Elbow Problems in Athletes

Any time an athlete injures his or her elbow, an accurate diagnosis is absolutely essential to providing the best treatment. Whether the examiner is an orthopedic surgeon, physician’s assistant, or physical therapist, there is a recommended order to the patient history and physical examination. In this article, surgeons from the […]


The Truth About Simple Elbow Dislocations

In this report, the incidence of simple elbow dislocations each year in the United States is reported. The authors also provide some demographics (details about age, race, sex, cause of injury) for the patients studied. The goal in understanding more about elbow dislocations is to prevent these injuries from ever […]


Biceps Tendon Ruptures in Both Arms

Biceps tendon ruptures in both arms may not be as uncommon as was once thought. According to this study, up to eight per cent of adults may experience bilateral (both sides) distal biceps tendon ruptures. The damage doesn’t occur in both arms at the same time. Usually the biceps tendon […]


New Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Steroid injections are no longer routinely recommended for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Instead, physical therapists offer an alternative treatment in the form of something called iontophoresis. In this article, the use of steroid injection is compared with iontophoresis delivered in two different ways. Iontophoresis uses a small electric current to […]


Treatment of Nerve Injuries Follows the “Rule of 18”

Nerve injuries around the elbow are the focus of this review article. There are three main nerves that can be affected: the median nerve, the ulnar nerve, and the radial nerve. Whether it’s a sharp, high-energy injury (e.g., knife, saw blade, bullet) or a low-velocity injury (e.g., fracture, traction, crush), […]


Options for the Middle-Aged with Elbow Arthritis

Middle-aged adults with elbow pain, loss of motion, and stiffness from osteoarthritis are too young for a joint replacement. Where does that leave them? In this article, hand surgeons from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City review the evidence for various surgical procedures to address this problem. […]


First Study to Report Long-Term Results of OAT Treatment for the Elbow

Athletes involved in lifting heavy weights, repetitive elbow motions, or overhead activities are at risk for a condition called osteochondral lesions. Osteochondral lesions refer to damage or defects to the joint cartilage (chondral) that go all the way down to the first layers of bone (osteo). Holes in the osteochondral […]