Elbow pain is common in almost all age groups, although the reasons why it occurs sometimes vary. For instance, younger people often seek help from an elbow doctor for sports-related injuries or conditions. On the other hand, older people often experience pain due to wear-and-tear issues, such as arthritis. Because the elbow is a very complex joint that can twist, straighten, and bend, this also means it is less stable. Therefore bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage all can suffer damage that leads to pain.
When to Visit an Elbow Doctor Near You
You should contact a elbow doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain that worsens when using your arm or twisting your wrist
- “Funny bone” numbness and tingling
- Hand feeling limp or weak
- Pain when trying to extend the elbow
- Radiating pain that travels from the shoulder down to the elbow
- Severe pinching sensation in the elbow
- Swelling and soreness around your elbow joint
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see an elbow doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our elbow doctors offer treatments for elbow problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Biceps or triceps tendon inflammation
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cartilage damage due to repetitive stress
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Overuse injuries
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis
- Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury
- Ulnar nerve damage
If your injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, which includes their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our hand, wrist, and elbow doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the hand, wrist, and elbow and elbow surgery. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our elbow doctors, Dr. Gregory D. Byrd, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Ryan E. Will, and Dr. Jerome Zechmann are fellowship-trained and have the expertise and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your elbow injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center, we offer consultations with an elbow doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athlete.
Elbow Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your
- Use Both Arms: If you must lift items, try to use both arms whenever possible to avoid too much strain on one joint or the other.
- Assess Your Movements: Take a close look at how you perform tasks where you use your elbow. Are there slight adjustments you could make that could help you avoid further strain on your elbow?
- Remember to Relax: You may be causing pain without even realizing it—for instance, gripping the steering wheel while you are driving or tensing your arm muscles while you are using a computer. Several times a day, stop what you are doing and relax your elbow joints, then gently stretch your arms to help avoid elbow pain.