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Elbow Center

Elbow Conditions
we specialize in

The Elbow Center at Carolina Orthopaedics & Neurological Associates has highly-trained physicians who are experienced in the treatments of the elbows. Our specially-trained physicians provide advanced treatment for problems related to the elbow–from tennis elbow to chronic pain related to arthritis or other athletic injuries.

There are a variety of elbow conditions and injuries that our specialists treat. If you do not see a condition below, please contact our office and we will answer any questions you may have.

Elbow Pain
Elbow pain is a common type of pain that makes it difficult to perform many key upper extremity movements. The key to effective elbow pain treatment is identifying the cause. Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialists accurately diagnosis the elbow pain cause and create a customized treatment plan to dramatically reduce pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
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Elbow Fractures
The olecranon, a part of the ulna forearm bone, is found at the tip of the elbow. An elbow fracture occurs when the olecranon breaks. An elbow fracture will not heal on its own and needs to be medically treated. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist should be made as soon as possible when elbow fracture symptoms are experienced after an elbow injury.
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Elbow Dislocation
A dislocated elbow occurs when the elbow bones are partially or completely separated. The injury is considered a medical emergency—the bones need to be put back in an anatomical position as soon as possible. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist should be made immediately after the injury.

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Epicondylitis
Epicondylitis is inflammation of the elbow tendons. There are two epicondylitis types:

  1. Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Inflammation of the tendons on the outside part of the elbow.
  2. Medical epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). Inflammation of the tendons on the inside part of the elbow.

Both types present with the same symptoms. Symptoms are dramatically reduced when an accurate diagnosis is made and an effective treatment plan is prescribed. Patients should make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) as soon as symptoms present.

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Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendons that insert on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. Stick sports athletes and manual laborers commonly experience tennis elbow. Early tennis elbow treatment ensures symptom relief and a quick return to normal activities. Please make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist as soon as symptoms present.

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Elbow Bursitis

Elbow bursitis is inflammation of the elbow bursa—a fluid filled sac that cushions the elbow joint. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) elbow specialist should be made when elbow bursitis symptoms are experienced.

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Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Ulnar nerve entrapment or cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is entrapped in the area where it passes through the elbow bone. A tissue tunnel known as the cubital tunnel presses against the nerve and causes symptoms in the ring and little fingers. Patients who experience symptoms should make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist as soon as possible.

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Ruptured Biceps Tendon

The biceps is a long muscle that helps flex the arm. One of the biceps tendons inserts on the elbow. A biceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon is torn from its insertion point. The injury is rare but serious. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist should be made as soon as possible.

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UCL Tear
The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) stabilizes the inside part of the elbow joint. A partial or complete UCL tear is a serious injury that will not heal on its own. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist should see the injury as soon as possible.
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Elbow surgery is suggested only when all other options have been exhausted. Our Elbow Center Team is dedicated to treating patients with the most effective course of treatment available.

Common Elbow Treatments

Elbow Arthroscopy
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats a variety of elbow conditions and injuries. Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialists use the latest surgical techniques and instruments to perform procedures. Please make an appointment if you injure your elbow and would like to find out if elbow arthroscopy is the right treatment option for you.

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Total Elbow Replacement
Total elbow replacement is a surgical treatment option for severe elbow arthritis that does not improve after nonsurgical treatment. Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) upper extremity specialists perform total elbow replacement surgery.

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UCL Repair
Tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendons that insert on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. Stick sports athletes and manual laborers commonly experience tennis elbow. Early tennis elbow treatment ensures symptom relief and a quick return to normal activities. Please make an appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) elbow specialist as soon as symptoms present.
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Elbow Tenotomy
Elbow tenotomy treats severe tennis and golfer’s elbow that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) upper extremity specialist perform endoscopic and traditional elbow tenotomy procedures.

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