Elbow

Whether you have sustained an elbow injury, have arthritis or have some other issue with your elbow, you know how difficult it is to live elbow pain. Full elbow function is necessary to properly use your hand and dysfunction/pain can make simple tasks very difficult.  Even eating can be a challenge. If your elbow pain is limiting you in anyway, it may be time to ask your doctor about seeing an orthopedic specialist.

These specialists, also known as orthopedic surgeons, will typically perform an examination, make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan. Treatment options can range from a total joint replacement (surgery) to simple, nonsurgical pain management. Your surgeon should thoroughly explain your options and the expected outcomes for each situation.  The elbow is a very complex joint requiring significant expertise that may be beyond the capacity of some orthopedists.

Why LLUH?

At the Loma Linda University Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery, you’ll find a facility and staff focused on you. It is our goal to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ “to make man whole”. We aim to treat all of our patients with the same love and compassion of the ultimate healer.

We know the medical needs and circumstances of each patient are different and tailor treatment options to best serve you. Our physicians take time to understand your concerns, educate you about the problem and recommended treatments. Each treatment plan is customized and driven by you, the patient. We believe that you, with the guidance and expertise of our surgeons, are the best person to decide which treatment will be most beneficial for your long term health. Our team is here to support you as you lead the way to your own recovery.

Our surgeons are authorities within their area of interest and have dedicated their lives to treating patients with conditions very similar to your own. In fact, our physicians are responsible for developing and teaching the latest techniques and technology to their colleagues and residents. They also often take on complex cases that other clinics refuse to treat; sometimes fixing failed surgeries done at other clinics. All of this means that when you come in to our clinic with an elbow problem, you’ll see an orthopedic expert that enjoys healing the elbow.

Elbow conditions treated

Our team of specialists is capable of providing solutions to all issues related to the elbow, some of these conditions include:

  • General elbow pain
  • Injuries/trauma
    • Fractures
    • Dislocations
    • Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • Deformities

Treatment options

Many conditions can be treated in a variety of ways. Our physicians will discuss these with you and design a customized treatment plan based on your needs and specifications.

Nonsurgical

Our surgeons are very particular about uniquely treating every condition and patient. Occasionally, surgery is not the only or best option for our patients. In these cases, our surgeons may prescribe one or a combination of the following nonsurgical therapy options:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections (cortisone)
  • Inflammation Management
    • NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflamitory Drug) Therapy
    • Hot/Cold Treatment
  • Platelet rich plasma injections
  • Stem Cell
  • Education
  • Weight loss/diet
  • Nonprescription medication and supplements

Surgical

We offer a complete range of surgical treatment options including the following:

  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Total elbow replacement
  • Revision of failed joint replacement
  • Fracture and ligament repair
  • Deformity correction
  • Nerve release/repair
  • Vascular repair