Elbow pain is a common problem, and there can be many causes. Dr. Cascio treats elbow pain and injuries. He will do a comprehensive evaluation. If the problem proves unresponsive to non-operative methods then surgery may be necessary. If you have elbow pain, some common causes include:
- Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament tear/Tommy John
Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis
Dr. Cascio performs platelet injections and steroid injections along with physical therapy to treat tennis elbow non-operatively. If the problem proves unresponsive to non-operative methods, Dr. Cascio may offer you an arthroscopic lateral elbow release to relieve the pain.
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Ulnar Collateral Ligament tear/Tommy John
Dr. Cascio will do a comprehensive evaluation of the elbow and the athlete to determine if UCL reconstruction is even necessary because often, it is not. If it is, then Dr. Cascio is experienced with the reconstruction of the UCL or the Tommy John surgery. Usually, he uses tendon graft from the forearm or knee to reconstruct the ligament. The surgery requires 9 – 12 months recovery prior to returning to game pitching.
Treatment depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Remember, elbow pain can come from many sources.
Dr. Cascio will work with you to perform the necessary exams and tests to diagnose the source of your elbow pain and then provide you with your options. The goal is to relieve your pain and improve your function as quickly and painlessly as possible. Dr. Cascio will usually offer you non-surgical treatmentsfirst, including injections and physical therapy. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.
Some common non-surgical treatments for elbow pain are listed here:
Not all of these treatments are appropriate for every condition, but they may be helpful in your situation.
- Ice and Heat Application
- Physical Therapy
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication
Please use the following link
(AAOS “The Elbow”) for additional information. The official web site for the The American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS) offers comprehensive information on patient education, patient care, and research.