FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow Institute

Elbow Conditions

A woman holding her elbow in pain

FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow offers conservative, non-surgical treatments to the latest state-of-the-art surgical procedures for elbow conditions. Patients of all ages and activity levels are seen for simple for complex conditions.

Many things can make your elbow hurt. A common cause is tendinitis, an inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis of the elbow can be a sports injury, often from playing tennis or golf. You may also get tendinitis from the overuse of the elbow. Other causes of elbow pain include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, bursitis, and arthritis. Treatment depends on the cause, so it is important to consult a doctor who specializes in upper extremity conditions to get the right diagnosis and treatment. 

The following are just a few of the common elbow conditions. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your elbow, or have additional concerns, contact our office for an appointment.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Infographics Diagram

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused when the ulnar nerve in the elbow is compressed. The ulnar nerve, commonly known as the “funny bone,” runs through the cubital tunnel in the elbow which is comprised of bone and tissue. When the tissue is swollen due to overuse or repetitive use, the blood supply can be aggravated which then causes the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. Symptoms for cubital tunnel syndrome include elbow pain and/or stiffness, loss of strength in the hand, pain, and tingling in the fingers, and numbness in the fingers. It is important to seek treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome as over time, the nerve damage can become permanent if symptoms go untreated. Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome includes elbow splinting or padding and anti-inflammatory medication. If those treatments do not work, cortisone injections or minimally invasive surgery may be recommended.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow Infographics Diagram

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a tendinitis of the outside of the elbow, unlike golfer’s elbow which affects the inside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is mainly caused by repetitive use during tennis or any other activity that uses the hand or wrist muscles. These muscles share a common tendon that is connected to the portion of the elbow bone known as the lateral epicondyle. Tiny tears happen over time and with age, the body has a more difficult time repairing itself which leads to symptoms of tennis elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis include pain while bending the wrist, tenderness or pain in the elbow, difficulty picking up heavy objects, and weakness in the hand and wrist. When the pain and/or weakness is interfering with your daily activities, it is time to seek tennis elbow treatment from an orthopedic hand specialist such as Dr. Besh. Treatment for tennis elbow includes physical therapy, stretching, rest, and/or anti-inflammatory medication. If the symptoms of tennis elbow persist with the above treatment then cortisone injections and minimally invasive surgery are other options for tennis elbow.

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer's Elbow Infographics Diagram

Medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow is tendinitis of the inside of the elbow joint. The repetitive overuse of these muscles causes inflammation of the tendons, the connective tissue between the muscle and the bone. While golf is a common cause of medial epicondylitis, it can also be caused by any repetitive motion or sharp sudden movement that involves the elbow. Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include pain at the inside of the elbow, elbow stiffness, numbness or tingling in fingers, and hand and/or wrist weakness. Treatment of golfer’s elbow can include physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, splinting, and stretching. In some cases, cortisone injections may be suggested when other treatments are not effective. In the case of golfer’s elbow, surgery is rarely an option, but the best way to know for sure is to schedule an exam with a physician who specializes in hand, wrist, and elbow conditions.

Elbow Treatment in Fremont, California

Whether your elbow condition is urgent as a result of an injury, painful because of overuse, or keeping you from doing everyday things, we welcome you to our practice.

Please call FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow at (510) 480-3700 to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, you may also request a consultation online. We offer same-day or next-day appointments.

Dr. Basil Besh is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in Hand, Wrist, and Elbow conditions. He is one of the few hand surgeons in Silicon Valley that has the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand and has over 15 years of experience focused on orthopedic hand conditions.

Dr. Besh is an expert in his field in both surgical and nonsurgical interventions. He provides thorough and accurate diagnoses and recommends the best treatment for your condition to assure maximal recovery.