Sohail Shayfer, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Encino, CA
While elbow injuries are one of the most common issues tennis players and golfers face because of wear-and-tear and frequent use, elbow injuries aren’t just for athletes. If you have a known elbow ailment or are experiencing chronic elbow pain, schedule an evaluation at Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc. in Encino, California. Dr. Sohail Shayfer is board-certified in orthopedic surgery, so you can feel confident that he’s going to find an effective solution for you. Book your evaluation online or call the office directly.
Elbow Q & A
What causes an elbow injury?
One of the most frequently strained hinge joints in your body, elbow pain and inflammation can develop for a variety of reasons. For instance, you can have a fracture in any of the bones that make up your elbow — humerus, ulna, or radius. You can also have damage to any of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, or cartilage that meet in your elbow joint.
Some of the most common causes and risk factors of elbow pain or injuries include:
- Overuse from sports, such as tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Joint inflammation, including bursitis
- Joint degeneration from arthritis
- Sprains or strains
- Bone spurs
Elbow pain isn’t anything to ignore, even if it seems minor or infrequent. Your elbow discomfort is just going to get worse since you can’t avoid bending your arm all day.
What are the symptoms of an elbow injury?
The symptoms you experience depend on the cause of your elbow injury or underlying condition. Pain may be dull and aching on a regular basis, or it might only flare-up during sporting activities. If your elbow is injured, you could experience:
- Decreased range of motion
- Numbness or tingling down your arm
- Limited throwing ability or decreased velocity, like for tennis or baseball players
At Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc., Dr. Shayfer carefully evaluates your symptoms and gathers updated imaging right in the office to help find the right course of treatment for your needs.
How are elbow injuries treated?
Dr. Shayfer puts together your elbow treatment plan to both relieve current pain and inflammation and also to strengthen your elbow to prevent future injury. You may benefit from:
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Bracing or wrapping
If your elbow discomfort seems to be getting worse or if conservative therapies aren’t working for you, it could be time to consider the surgical route. Elbow surgery involves repairing connective tissues, removing damaged bone or cartilage fragments, or reconstructing tissues through grafts. Dr. Shayfer performs most elbow surgeries arthroscopically, so your recovery time is minimal.
Schedule your elbow evaluation at Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc. before your discomfort gets worse. Click on the online scheduling feature to book or call the clinic.