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Arm and Elbow

arm and elbowCubital Tunnel Syndrome is a type of compression damage to the ulnar nerve close to the elbow: the nerve that produces a jarring sensation when your “funny bone” is struck. Treatment options include rest, immobilization with a splint, cushioning of the nerve with an elbow pad and anti-inflammatory medications. In severe cases of pain, numbness or weakness referral to orthopedic surgery may be needed to relieve pressure on the nerve. Repetitive throwing can place severe stress on the elbow. This motion stretches the tendons and ligaments on the inner side of the elbow and forces together the structure on the outer side of your elbow. This compression can damage tissue and bone, especially in young athletes because their bones have yet to fully mature. There are four conditions to keep in mind.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a type of compression damage to the ulnar nerve close to the elbow: the nerve that produces a jarring sensation when your “funny bone” is struck. Treatment options include rest, immobilization with a splint, cushioning of the nerve with an elbow pad and anti-inflammatory medications. In severe cases of pain, numbness or weakness referral to orthopedic surgery may be needed to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow


Repetitive throwing can place severe stress on the elbow. This motion stretches the tendons and ligaments on the inner side of the elbow and forces together the structure on the outer side of your elbow. This compression can damage tissue and bone, especially in young athletes because their bones have yet to fully mature. There are four conditions to keep in mind.

  • Golfer’s Elbow, Medial Epicondylitis, results from excessive use of the muscles and tendons in the forearm and can usually be treated without surgery.
  • Medial Ulner Collateral Ligament(MUCL) injury causes pain on the inner side of the elbow and an entire tear might require a type of reconstructive surgery commonly called Tommy John surgery
  • Little league elbow, Medial Apophysitis, usually occurs in children before they reach puberty from repetitive throwing causing pain and swelling on the inner side of the elbow. In severe cases surgery may be required.
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans commonly causes pain on the outer side of the elbow and may cause the joint to click or lock. Surgery may be required to remove any loose fragments.

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