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At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained elbow doctors are the experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating elbow injuries and conditions.
Elbow doctors have a deep understanding of how the elbow functions, how it can be damaged, and how to treat it. Many times, they work with patients who are suffering from repetitive strain injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, or cubital tunnel syndrome, which is a condition where the ulnar nerve (a nerve that travels across the back of the elbow) becomes compressed and causes tingling and pain. Additionally, elbow doctors frequently help people who have elbow pain due to overuse or arthritis.
Experienced elbow doctors will always ask a patient to describe his or her pain in detail, such as when the patient first noticed it, what it feels like, and when it is most likely to occur. Next, the elbow doctor will typically perform physical tests to better understand the issue and may also order an X-ray or other imaging tests in order to gather even more information about the elbow issue. Using this data, an elbow doctor can make a professional diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations.
Whether a patient is suffering from a fracture or a type of ongoing pain, such as arthritis, an experienced doctor can help manage, reduce, or even eliminate the elbow pain by offering treatments, such as physical therapy or surgery when required.
When Should You See an Elbow Doctor?
It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your elbow pain so you can tell your elbow doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that people with elbow conditions experience:
- Funny bone tinging that persists
- Pain on the bony area on the outside or inside of the elbow
- Pain that radiates down into the forearm
- Pain that radiates up into the biceps and shoulder
- Pain that worsens at night
- Pain when gripping items
- Pain when rotating the elbow joint
- Swelling and soreness
- Tenderness when pressure is applied
- Unable to straighten elbow without significant pain
- Weakness that causes fingers to become claw-like
If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of elbow pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions:
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Olecranon bursitis
- Radial tunnel syndrome (rare)
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tendon or ligament tears
To treat your elbow condition or injury, our elbow doctors will exhaust all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if elbow surgery is necessary, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to perform the latest surgical procedures.
Our elbow specialists understand that elbow pain can alter your daily lifestyle and are dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Worland, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button.
If immediate attention is required for your elbow injury or condition, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Casper Orthopedics, Robert B. Allaire, M.D., Matthew T. Gorman, M.D., Matthew E. Mitchell, M.D., and Daniel W. White, M.D., provide compassionate, experienced orthopedic care for injuries and conditions of the elbow. When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine. With this additional training, our elbow specialists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your elbow condition or injury.
Working closely with our elbow surgeons, our specialty-trained physical and occupational therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.
To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic elbow surgeons, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.