At The Hand Center at Crawford Plastic Surgery, serving the greater Atlanta, GA area, Dr. Steven Bailey diagnoses and treats the full range of conditions and injuries that affect the elbows. Whether you are experiencing chronic pain or a significant loss of function, Dr. Bailey can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and recommend an effective treatment plan. Often, we start with more conservative treatment, and progress to more aggressive treatment options, such as surgery, if necessary. Learn more about the common elbow conditions that we treat.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome / Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
The ulnar nerve runs from the neck, down the length of the arm, to the hand. Its functions include sensation in the pinky finger and half of the ring finger. It also provides motor control for some of the small muscles of the hand that are responsible for grip and dexterity. The ulnar nerve runs through the cubital tunnel at the elbow.
Cubital tunnel syndrome results when the ulnar nerve becomes entrapped, irritated, or subject to too much pressure. This may be caused by overstretching, overuse, or keeping the elbow in a flexed position. It may also be caused by anything that narrows the cubital tunnel, such as swelling, fluid imbalance, or bone spurs. Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome includes the use of a night splint, NSAID medications, physical therapy, and decompression therapy.
Tennis elbow refers to the swelling of the tendons that attach the forearm muscles of the outside of the elbow. This condition is caused by muscle strain and overuse. It is common among those who play racket sports such as tennis, but can also affect certain workers, including plumbers and carpenters. Patients that have tennis elbow often suffer from pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Muscle weakness and loss of grip strength may also occur. Treatment for tennis elbow includes the use of a brace, NSAID medications, cold compresses, injection therapy, and surgery.
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