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Elbow Injuries

Elbow Injuries

Sports such as baseball, tennis and golf can put tremendous stress on the elbows. As a result, elbow pain can affect a wide range of populations. Elbow injuries treated at Temple include:

Treatments for elbow injuries include:

  • Elbow arthroscopy – This procedure is performed by inserting a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope displays images on a monitor to help guide the surgeon in using miniature surgical instruments to examine or repair the tissue inside or around the elbow joint. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is often done on an outpatient basis and can offer less risk of complications, quicker recovery times and less scarring than open surgery.
  • Tommy John surgery – This procedure, officially called ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, involves surgery to reconstruct a ligament in the medial elbow using a tendon from elsewhere in the body.
  • Physical therapy – This non-invasive approach to care uses specially designed exercises and equipment to treat orthopaedic disease and injury. Physical therapy can help patients regain or improve their physical abilities and is often the first line of treatment used at Temple Sports Medicine.
  • Injections – Corticosteroid and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are two of the most common injections used in orthopaedics. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can offer fast-acting pain relief of inflamed joints and tendons. PRP injections use a portion of the patient's own blood to aid in the healing process of the soft tissue within the joint.

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