Elbow

Conditions & Treatments

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For those suffering chronic elbow pain due to injury or arthritis, the comprehensive elbow team at OPA utilizes the expertise of Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons and Sports Medicine Specialists to treat elbow conditions. Our patient centered approach ensures that each patient’s care plan is based on their lifestyle, activities and goals.

Common Elbow Conditions

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.

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Elbow Sprain
Three bones join to form the elbow joint. Strong ligaments connect the humerus (arm bone), radius (large forearm bone) and ulna (small forearm bone). The elbow joint is very important because it moves the arm and forearm. Elbow injuries are common.

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Elbow Fracture
The elbow is a hinge joint comprised of 3 bones: humerus, radius and ulna. An injury to this area may cause a broken elbow, also known as an elbow fracture.
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Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters, and butchers.

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Golfer's Elbow
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop golfer’s elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to golfer’s elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.

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Elbow Tendonitis
Tendons are the strong, cord-like structures that connect muscles to bones and provide strength and flexibility. Tendonitis is a condition characterized by the inflammation and swelling of tendons.

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Elbow Instability
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 joint instability is a loose elbow joint.

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Ulnar Ligament Injury
The UCL is a small triangular ligament that connects the ulna (wrist bone) to the humerus (upper arm) and prevents the elbow from bending too far to either side. This ligament is especially important for athletes whose positions require an overhand throwing motion as it allows for control and torque.
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Biceps Tendonitis
The biceps is a large muscle that helps move the arm and forearm. The biceps tendons originate on the shoulder and insert on the elbow. Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the biceps tendons on the shoulder. Because symptoms occur on the shoulder, biceps tendonitis can be easily mistaken for a shoulder injury. An important part of the diagnostic process is having an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) specialist’s review the injury history.

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Bicep Tendon Tear
The bicep is a medium size muscle on the front of the arm. The bicep has two tendons. The proximal bicep tendon attaches to the shoulder. The distal bicep tendon attaches to the elbow. Both tendons can tear. Tears may be partial or complete.

  • Proximal bicep tendon tear. The proximal bicep tendon is the more commonly torn.
  • Distal bicep tendon tear. Distal bicep tendon tears are uncommon.

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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) 782-4729
Wasilla: (907) 885-2559

OPA Elbow Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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