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Elbow Instability

What is Elbow Instability?

The elbow consists of the forearm bones, arm bone, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The elbow controls flexion and extension of the forearm relative to the upper arm and forearm and wrist rotation. Elbow Instability can be caused by an accident or injury, such as fall or direct impact onto the elbow, or as the result of wear and tear of the elbow. 

If you have Elbow Instability the common symptoms can include:

  • Instability (feeling like your elbow is going to “pop” out of place)
  • Partial or complete elbow dislocations
  • Pain 
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty flexing, extending or rotating the forearm 
  • Locking, catching, clicking of the elbow

If you are experiencing symptoms of Elbow Instability, it is best to make an appointment with one of the Board Certified Elbow Specialists at OSS Health as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Elbow Instability live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.

How is Elbow Instability Treated at OSS Health? 

There are many treatment options at OSS Health that can relieve pain and symptoms of Elbow Instability. At OSS Health, Elbow Instability is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options and the specialists at OSS Health create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Bracing
  • Immobilization in a splint or cast
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Injections for symptom relief

In some cases, your OSS Health specialist may recommend surgery to treat Elbow Instability using a procedure known as an Elbow Ligament Repair if non-surgical treatments have not provided symptom and pain relief. This procedure uses small incisions and small surgical instruments to repair the damaged ligament and reattach to its intended position in the elbow. 

Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.

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