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Elbow Anatomy 101

The elbow is a hinge joint that connects the humerus bone of the upper arm to the radius and ulna bones of the lower arm. The joint is made up of a complicated system of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Elbow injuries come in many forms and can unfavorably affect people of all ages and lifestyles. Common elbow conditions include overuse injuries like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and tendonitis to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and cubital tunnel syndrome.

Common concerns

Elbow stiffness and pain are often linked to a more serious underlying issue. Our elbow specialists are able to treat elbow injuries and issues at every stage. Whether you have a small amount of discomfort or serious chronic pain, our experts can provide a personalized treatment solution.

If you aren’t sure about seeking treatment, here are a few indicators that you’re in need of a visit with an orthopedic specialist: 

  • Pain in your elbow when lifting heavy objects 
  • Persistent dull pain even when your arm is at rest 
  • Difficulty or discomfort when bending your arm
  • Aching or stiffness in the morning or after extended rest
  • Sensitive nerves or shooting pain when using your elbow 

Specialized Solutions 

At Orthopedic Specialists, our specialty-trained and experienced elbow surgeons are recognized as leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of elbow pain and injuries. They provide an extraordinary base of shared knowledge with advanced elbow surgery and treatment methods for patients in Fort Dodge, surrounding areas of Iowa, and throughout the Midwest.

Frequent surgical procedures our elbow surgeons perform include:

  • Cubital tunnel release surgery (for cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Elbow replacement surgery
  • Total elbow arthroplasty  
  • Medial epicondylectomy (for golfer’s elbow) 
  • Lateral epicondylitis debridement (for tennis elbow) 

At Iowa Orthopedic Specialists, we understand that elbow surgery can be a serious inconvenience. Please be assured that although highly skilled in using the newest surgical methods, our elbow surgeons always consider using nonsurgical methods to restore your health first. 

From tennis elbow treatment to replacement surgery, our specialists are here to help. Call (515) 955-6767 or schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Specialists today!

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