About Elbow Pain

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Elbow Pain?

The elbow is a hinge joint that moves the arm and forearm. The humerus (arm bone) and ulna and radius (the forearm bones) are connected to one another by strong ligaments to form the joint. Elbow pain is a common overuse injury.

Common Causes:

  • Broken arm
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocated elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist  will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing an Elbow Pain, Dr. Ala will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays ( to rule out a fracture)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of an elbow pain. Treatment options help reduce symptoms. The following are commonly prescribed:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain

Activity Modification

Reduce or stop symptom causing activities

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Upper Extremity Specialists are experts in treating elbow pain.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Elbow Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jessie Janowski, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

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