Elbow Pain Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Elbow pain can arise from many problems, from overuse and sports injuries to sudden trauma or arthritis. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Cori Grantham, MD, provides comprehensive care for all types of elbow pain at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. Dr. Grantham specializes in elbow replacement and reconstructive surgery. For advanced treatment of elbow pain, call the nearest office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Elbow Pain Q&A

What causes elbow pain?

Your elbow is a hinge joint that connects your upper arm bone to the two bones of your forearm. Ligaments hold the bones together, and smooth cartilage allows them to glide over one another without friction. Tendons, muscles, and nerves also help with movement. Damage to any of these structures can cause elbow pain.

Dr. Grantham diagnoses and treats a wide range of injuries and diseases that cause elbow pain, including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Nerve issues, including cubital tunnel syndrome

Some of these conditions occur suddenly, such as an elbow fracture that results from a fall or sports injury, while others, like arthritis, develop gradually. If your elbow pain is ongoing or severe, Dr. Grantham can help. 

What signs and symptoms may accompany elbow pain?

Depending on the cause of elbow pain and the severity of your condition, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Visible deformity, such as a bone that appears out of place
  • Swelling, bruising, or redness
  • Difficulty bending or straightening the elbow
  • A locking sensation in the elbow
  • A grating sound when moving the elbow
  • Joint instability

Severe pain, swelling, and deformity that follows an injury may be signs of a fracture or dislocation. If you think you have a fracture or dislocation, call Orthopedic Specialists right away.

How is elbow pain diagnosed?

First, Dr. Grantham discusses your medical history and symptoms. She asks how your elbow pain started and whether anything makes it better or worse. She examines your arm, hand, and elbow and may ask you to move them in different ways.

Dr. Grantham may also take tests, such as an X-ray or nerve conduction study. These tests help her confirm or rule out a diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

How is elbow pain treated?

Dr. Grantham creates an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Many types of elbow pain resolve with nonsurgical treatment, such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Immobilization in a cast or brace
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

If your condition is severe, or if conservative treatment doesn't relieve your symptoms, Dr. Grantham may recommend surgery. She specializes in total elbow replacement and elbow reconstruction surgery.

For expert care of all types of elbow pain, call Orthopedic Specialists, or book an appointment online today.