Recover from an Elbow InjuryWe use our elbows in many ways every day. Most of our upper arm muscles are attached to our elbows to help them function. When an injury occurs, we can lose most of its function which can hinder our ability to lift, drink, write, and other activities of daily living.

Some injuries may be more extensive than others but most elbow injuries can be healed with a simple brace and rest. Listed below are common injuries and the means in which Bioworks will be able to assist in recovery. Please give us a call or fill out the contact information below if you are interested in any of these options.

ELBOW ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (UCL) TEAR: The UCL is most important ligament for stability of the elbow and is located on the inner part of the elbow joint. Most UCL tears are surgically repaired (more commonly known as Tommy John’s). After surgery you will be placed a hinged elbow brace to control range of motion throughout the rehab process. After you have completed rehab/physical therapy some doctors prescribe a smaller more functional brace.

MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS: Irritation and inflammation of the muscles and tendons on the inside of the elbow joint. Sometimes can be confused with an UCL tear. It can be caused by a lot of repetitive motion, especially during the acceleration of the throwing motion. Most treatment includes immobilization, rest, and possible injections by your physician.

  • Sling (severe cases)
  • Band-It Elbow Strap
  • Wrist Brace

LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS: Most commonly known as tennis elbow. It is caused by an overload on the extensor tendons on the outside of the elbow. This mechanism is usually seen during the deceleration phase of the throwing motion and can be caused by a tight grip on a tennis racket. This elbow injury is seen mainly in adult patients. Most treatment includes immobilization, rest, and possible injections by your physician.

  • Band-It Elbow Strap
  • Wrist Brace

OLECRANON BURSITIS: The olecranon is the “pointy” part of the elbow. When bursitis is present there is a little bump on the elbow (fluid-filled sac). This can be caused by constant friction to the area or a fall/blow to the elbow area. The area may be warm or point tender; always have a physician check the bursitis, in case infection is present. A physician by also drain the excess fluid.

  • Elbow Sleeve

RADIAL HEAD FRACTURES: The radius is a long bone of the forearm that runs along the thumb side of the forearm. A fracture to the radial head is caused by a direct blow to elbow or falling on an outstretched arm. Surgery is typically not indicated by you could be immobilized for a long period of time.

  • Breg T-Chek Elbow Brace (possibly with hand piece)
  • Visco Elbow Sleeve (after fracture has healed to provide protection)

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