Elbow injuries are most common in athletes and workers that repetitively use their arms. The pain can come from arthritis, overused tendons and nerves that run through the elbow and are susceptible to chronic stress. Elbow restrictions and pain are also seen in neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists use advanced examination and diagnostic tools to diagnose the source of the pain and prescribe therapies that will improve your function and reduce pain.
How we diagnose
A comprehensive examination is performed on every patient with focus on ferreting out various problems that can cause elbow pain.
Special manual training allows BSSM physicians to diagnose small subluxations of elbow joints that can be a previously undiagnosed source of elbow pain. Gentle manipulation of these joints is frequently performed during examination for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Our physicians also examine the elbow region, and surrounding muscles with the help of advanced imaging techniques such as diagnostic ultrasound.
This technology is advanced enough to see tennis elbow related tendon injury, bursitis and joint swelling that frequently cause acute and chronic elbow pain.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to examine elbow pinched nerve problems such as seen in Cubital Tunnel and Pronator Teres Syndromes, as well as neuromuscular spasm condition known as upper limb spasticity.
MRI and X-ray imaging is often used to confirm the diagnosis made by our expert examination of internal shoulder joint problems.