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Elbow surgery and recommendations

Elbow surgery has been performed since the 1980’s. It has made identification of the problem, treatment and rehabilitation from surgery painless and quick, which was once considered impossible, improvements to elbow surgery are done every year as devices and methodology are developed

Anatomy of the elbow

The elbow is a complicated joint assembled by the joining of three bones;

  • The upper arm bone
  • Forearm bone on the pinky finger side
  • Forearm bone on the thumb side

The exterior of the bones where they connect to assemble the elbow joint, are covered with articular cartilage, a soft smooth material that protects the bones and performs as a  natural cushion to govern the friction caused by the movement in the joints, another thin and slippery layer called the synovial membrane covers the remaining part of the elbow joint, in a good conditioned elbow this membrane produces a small amount of fluid that helps in lubricating the cartilage and minimizes the friction as you move and bend your arm

In the interiors and exteriors of the elbow joint there are thicker ligaments called the collateral ligaments that hold the elbow joints together and prevent from dislocation

The rest of the elbow joint is encircled with muscles and tendons on the front and back side, additionally, the three major nerves that passes the elbow joint are placed close to the elbow joint and must be taken care of during the elbow surgery

The elbow joint facilitates two basic functions, bending and extending and  the forearm rotation

Normal bending and the extending action happens by  connecting the ulna and the radius and is also supported by muscles and tendons passing down the forearm and the wrist joint

When Elbow surgery is recommended

The physician might recommend elbow surgery if you have a chronic elbow pain that does not respond to any traditional  and non surgical treatments, the treatments may include rest, physical therapy, pain killers and steroid injections that reduce inflammation and swelling

Sudden injuries and overuse or other age related problems may result in painful elbow joints and problems, elbow surgery may relieve pain related conditions and other problems that damage the cartilage exterior and other soft tissues encircling the joint

Elbow surgery is also recommended to extract loose pieces of the bone and cartilage, or clear away scar tissues that are blocking the movement

Common elbow surgery procedures include:

  • Treatment of tennis elbow
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Release of scar tissue to improve range of motion
  • Treatment of osteoarthritis
  • Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
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Healing The Elbow Pain With Elbow Surgery Treatment

If you are a person of sports, then it is obvious that you may find yourself in the painful grasp of the agonizing elbow pain. Elbow pain usually occurs when you grab something or even just slightly move your arm when doing something that’s part of your daily routine.

Since elbow is a joint and the pain caused near such area is usually due to inflammation, which in time, might turn into a severe infection, depending on what kind of pain it is. If the pain occurring around the elbow joint is unbearable, then it must be treated right away as such pain can cause difficult while moving your arm and if the pain is still persisting after medication then your physician may ask you to undergo an Elbow surgery treatment as well.

Causes Of Elbow Pain

The excruciating pain in your elbow emerges from tendon – a part of the muscle close to the bone. The tendons in the forearm join the muscles to the bone. The pain that results as a sharp sensation usually occurs in the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) muscle; which due to repetitive movement worsens and causes tiny tears in the muscle, causing inflammation and agony.

Is The Elbow Surgery Treatment The Right Solution?

Since a lot of people suffer from elbow pain’s the most common cause – the tennis elbow; then, it becomes vital for them to take get a proper elbow surgery treatment. The way to cure it surgically is to have proper treatment that involves debridement of the tissue that has been causing all the pain in the elbow, especially near the ECRB muscle, through decortication of the Lateral Epicondyle, commonly referred to as the tennis elbow. You will notice this particular procedure, being performed by your surgeon through open, percutaneous, and arthroscopic approaches.

How To Make The Elbow Surgery Treatment Successful?

Elbow surgery treatment is a process that requires not only timely medication, but also a lot of patience. After the treatment, you will be asked to take medicines regularly; alongside, a bunch of other measures that you have to follow, no matter what.

Since the surgery done to your elbow will need its time to recover, so make sure to take plenty of rest and don’t put any stress on your arm. See a physiotherapist and allow yourself to have a few massages twice or thrice in a week as it will help in the enhancement of the blood circulation around your elbow, contributing towards its speedy recovery.

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Suffering from Elbow Injury? Here Is What Stem Cells Can Do For You…!

It is common to experience minor elbow injuries by teenagers and sports players that often get healed by taking non-inflammatory medication, application of ice-packs at the injured area, and taking some rest and relaxation. However, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible because any subtle damage in the elbow can cause a chronic medical condition and may require the victim to go for an elbow surgery treatment. Moreover, in case of any major elbow injury or condition for which traditional treatments fail to heal it and become unable to bring the patient to its normal day to day activities, surgery often becomes the ultimate treatment. But the latest innovation in medical industry has brought a natural and much effective alternative treatment to elbow surgery widely known as Stem Cell Therapy.

 

Stem Cell Therapy

The therapy utilizes the power of stem cells to repair the damaged body tissues and heal painful and severe injuries. In this medical procedure, the cells are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow and combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) of the patient, and the achieved matter is injected into the injured area. Moreover, the procedure is also used after a surgery to fasten the healing process and quickly reduce the pain.

Stem Cells Are Being Used Increasingly For Elbow Treatment

 

Stem cell therapy is gaining massive popularity and being globally used as an effective alternative to an elbow surgery treatment because of the following 3 major reasons:

 

Natural: The entire procedure is natural because the injected stem cells combined with PRP is taken from patient’s own bone-marrow. And this way the cells naturally heal the injury.

 

Safe: Since the procedure is natural and non-invasive and doesn’t involve injection of external material, it is safe and exceptionally result-oriented. Moreover, the therapy is free from various risks of elbow surgery treatment that include blood clots, fractures, dislocations, prosthetic breakdown, and foreign prosthetic.

 

Cost Effective: Surgeries are often highly priced and costly. Therefore, many patients switch on this affordable and cost-effective procedure to meet their basic needs.

Final Note

In case you or any of your loved one is struggling with chronic elbow pain and looking for an effective alternative to elbow surgery treatment, get an expert advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212. He is a world renowned Pain Management specialist and a certified anesthesiologist who has been effectively practicing regenerative injection therapies for the past several years with successful results. We will respond your queries within 24 hours.