Elbow Pain

Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

You can develop elbow pain for several different reasons, but Sham Vengurlekar, MD, has the advanced training to determine its cause and effectively treat it without surgery or risky pain relievers. Dr. Vengurlekar brings four decades of pain management training to Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix. If you’re experiencing elbow pain, he urges you to seek treatment sooner rather than later so you can feel your best again. To get to the bottom of your elbow pain, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.

Elbow Pain Q & A

How does the elbow joint work?

Your elbow joint is an extensive framework of bone, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. These structures all work together to hold your bones in place and provide movement and control. It’s also one of the largest joints in your body and works with your shoulder joint and wrist to give your arm durability, versatility, and flexibility.

The complex design of your elbow joint enables it to move 180 degrees in one direction, and it also plays a role in your forearm’s ability to turn. Even though your elbow joint moves easily, it’s easy for it to come under stress. That’s because this part of your body sees a lot of activity, but it has fewer areas designed for movement than your wrist or shoulder.

What causes elbow pain?

In most cases, elbow pain is due to overuse and repetitive movement. The most common causes of elbow pain include:

  • Golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Bursitis, or joint inflammation
  • Sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Dislocation, fractures, or breaks
  • Trapped nerves

It’s also possible to have elbow pain because of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but your elbow joint is less likely to experience this type of wear and tear compared to your other joints.

How is elbow pain diagnosed?

Dr. Vengurlekar uses a personalized approach to diagnosing pain disorders. For elbow pain, this usually includes a comprehensive physical exam, reviewing your personal and medical history, and discussing your symptoms.

Based on your examination, Dr. Vengurlekar might also suggest additional digital imaging tests, like X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or electromyography. In some cases, Dr. Vengurlekar could also recommend a biopsy of your bursa fluid. This is the lubrication found between bone, muscle, and tendon tissue that reduces friction and irritation.

How is elbow pain treated?

Dr. Vengurlekar treats elbow pain on a case-by-case basis, depending on its cause and the severity of your symptoms. Depending on the source of your elbow pain, he might suggest several different therapies, such as:

  • Rest
  • Ice or heat
  • Compression bandages, immobilization, or bracing
  • Strengthening exercises

At Premier Pain Institute, Dr. Vengurlekar also offers minimally invasive, targeted injections to deliver powerful pain-relieving medications directly to the source of your discomfort.

For more information on elbow pain and the treatments available, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online.

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