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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My nephew hurt his elbow a while ago and now it's stiff. He has trouble opening it all the way and it doesn't "close" all the way either. Otherwise, it seems to be ok and he doesn't really have any pain. Anyway, his doctor wants to operate on it. Should he do that?

A stiff elbow can be caused by several things and developing one after an elbow injury isn't unusual. The injury could have set off a chain of events that resulted in inflammation or perhaps there now are bits of bone or tissue in the joint that can cause pain. Not all elbow stiffness requires surgery, especially if there is a fairly good range of motion, even if it's not complete. However, surgery may be done to prevent the elbow from getting stiffer or causing more problems. The best thing is for you nephew to speak with this doctor to find out why the surgery is needed, what could happen if he doesn't have the surgery, and what exactly the surgeon plans on doing.


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