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1. Tendinitis - Inflammation of the tendons causing pain at the elbow

- A. Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

- Non-surgical treatment includes: ice, rest, medications, bracing and cortisone injection.

- Surgery can be an option in severe cases or if there is failure of conservative treatments.

- B. Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

- Non-surgical treatment includes: ice, rest, medications, bracing and cortisone injection.

- Surgery can be an option if conservative measures fail and the pain persists.

2. Olecranon Bursitis - Inflammation of the bursa at the tip of the elbow

- Can result from injury, minor trauma, infection or systemic diseases such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

3. Fracture - Can occur into the joint or adjacent to the joint.

- Generally requires immobilization and casting.

- Can require orthopedic pinning or open joint surgery

4. Sprain - Is a stretch or tear injury to a ligament.

- Can occur when elbow is hyperextended or jammed.

- Severity depends on the injury.

- Treatment involves rest, ice, immobilization, compression and medications.

5. Arthritis

- Is inflammation of the elbow joint

- Several types are noted: rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, anklylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis (fka Reiter’s disease).

6. Cellulitis

- Inflammation of the skin related to infection.

- Staphylococcus and Streptococcus commonly cause.

- Generally treated with antibiotics, orally or intravenously.

7. Infection of elbow joint (Septic Arthritis)

- Is uncommon.

- Mostly seen with patients that are immunosuppressed or diabetics or those taking cortisone medications or intravenous drug users.

- Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are most common causes.

- Treatment generally requires antibiotic treatment and surgical drainage.

8. Tumors

- Are rare at the elbow joint.

- Can be painful or painless.

- X-ray usually detects

- Nuclear medicine bone scanning may be also performed to help with detection.

9. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

- The “funny bone”, located between the tip of the elbow and inner elbow bone.

- Can be pinched by normal structures or swollen structures after injury, this is called entrapment.

- Numbness and tingling of the ring and little finger may be felt along with pain in the forearm.

- Treatment is to avoid repeated trauma or pressure to the elbow and rest. Ice can be helpful

- Surgery can be an option to reposition the ulnar nerve to where it will not be pinched by the surrounding structures.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?

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