Your first appointment with a Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist will begin with a discussion of your symptoms, including severity, frequency, and duration. Your doctor may also ask about any occupational or recreational activities that may have contributed to your condition. Most common elbow conditions can be diagnosed with a physical exam and an X-ray.
Both hand surgeons and sports medicine surgeons perform surgery of the elbow. Whether it's a degenerative condition or a sports-related ligament tear, we have a specialist for you.
The physicians at Houston Methodist treat a wide range of elbow conditions, including:
» Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
» Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
» Olecranon Bursitis
» Osteoarthritis of the Elbow
» Radial Tunnel Syndrome
» Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries
» Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
For most conditions, your treatment will begin with nonsurgical approaches, which may include medication, physical therapy, and/or activity modification (avoiding activities that aggravate the injury).
If these conservative approaches don't solve the problem, surgery may be recommended. Surgical approaches will vary with the diagnosis, but in most cases, minimally invasive techniques can be used. In cases of severe osteoarthritis of the elbow, the patient may be a candidate for elbow joint replacement.
Following surgery, your arm may be immobilized in a splint for about a week to protect the elbow. When the splint is removed, you'll be assigned some exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion. Later, your physician will assign some light strengthening exercises as your recovery continues.
In three to four weeks, your doctor may allow you to return to normal activities; returning to athletic activity may take four to six months. You may also need to wear protective padding on the elbow for several months to prevent re-injury.
Texas Medical Center
David Braunreiter, M.D. (primary care)
D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D.*
Carl A. Hicks, M.D.
Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O.
Mark W. Maffet, M.D.
Eddie T. Matsu, M.D.
Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. (primary care)
Vincent C. Phan, M.D.*
Timothy C. Sitter, M.D.
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.
Physicians marked with an asterisk (*) are fellowship-trained in the field of elbow surgery.