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Where Does It Hurt? Elbow

» Diagnosing Your Elbow Condition
» Planning Your Treatment
» Recovery and Wellness
» Meet Our Elbow Specialists

Diagnosing Your Elbow Condition

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:

» Artificial Joint Replacement of the Elbow
» Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
» Distal Biceps Rupture
» Elbow Anatomy
» Elbow Dislocation
» Elbow Fusion
» Interposition Arthroplasty of the Elbow

» 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)

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Planning Your Treatment

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.

Recovery and Wellness

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.

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Meet Our Elbow Specialists

Texas Medical Center

Evan Collins, M.D.
Joshua Harris, M.D.
Shari Liberman, M.D.
Patrick McCulloch, M.D.
Bruce Moseley, M.D.


Joshua Harris, M.D.
David Lintner, M.D.


Evan Collins, M.D.
Patrick McCulloch, M.D.

Sugar Land

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.


David Lintner, M.D.
Patrick McCulloch, M.D.

West Houston/Katy

Winfield Campbell, M.D.
D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D.*
Shari Liberman, M.D.
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.


Korsh Jafarnia, M.D.
Bruce Moseley, M.D.

Physicians marked with an asterisk (*) are fellowship-trained in the field of elbow surgery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our elbow specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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