Elbow Pain, Swelling, Tingling, and Numbness

Comprehensive Care for Elbow Pain, Swelling, Tingling and Numbness

Our decades of experience have given us the insight and skill to determine the cause of your elbow pain in order for you to emerge from treatment ready to resume your regular activities. EmergeOrtho’s providers use a multidisciplinary approach to create individualized treatment plans for all patients.

The elbow is prone to injury because of its frequent use. Damage to this important joint can cause pain and restrict you from the things you enjoy. While lingering elbow pain isn’t typically serious, you should contact one of our physicians for further examination, particularly if you’ve experienced pain as the result of an injury.

If you have elbow pain, swelling, tingling and numbness, there are dozens of possible explanations for your condition. It’s vital that you speak with an orthopedic physician who has the experience and skills to get to the source of what is wrong. Even more important, we want to get your elbow back into motion without pain.

Some of the most common causes of elbow pain, swelling, tingling and numbness include:

Cubital Tunnel Release (Ulnar Nerve Transposition at Elbow)

Because the ulnar nerve has to travel through a narrow space with little protection at the elbow, this is the site where it is most commonly compressed. Keeping the elbow bent for long periods of time, repeatedly bending the elbow, fluid buildup in the elbow, leaning repeatedly or for long periods on your elbow, and an injury to the inside of the elbow are all reasons for pressure on the ulnar nerve. 

Cubital tunnel release is an outpatient operation that will take pressure off of the nerve. During the procedure, the surgeon locates the ligament of the cubital tunnel, then cuts and splits it. By doing this, the tunnel is widened, which takes pressure off the nerve. The incision is sutured and the elbow is placed in a splint.

As the ligament begins to heal after surgery, the tissue around it grows across the gap and the ulnar nerve has more space. Physical therapy might be recommended to regain strength and return to normal activities.

Medial Epicondylectomy (Golfer’s Elbow Release)

Medial epicondylitis, otherwise known as golfer’s elbow, is a condition caused by overuse of the forearm and elbow tendons and muscles. Pain and weakness when grasping or squeezing are common symptoms of golfer’s elbow.

If nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful in relieving pain, surgery may be needed. Golfer’s elbow release is a surgery used to take pressure off of the flexor tendon. The surgeon will make an incision along the arm over the damaged area and push aside the tissues so the site where the tendon is exposed. The surgeon then cuts the flexor tendon, and takes out extra scar tissue or bone spurs if they are present. The incision is then stitched together and the elbow is placed in a splint.

The EmergeOrtho team includes several physicians who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in all aspects of orthopedics. We stay abreast of the latest techniques and methodologies so our compassionate, innovative care can help patients achieve freedom from pain so they can return to the activities they enjoy.