Elbow pain affects more than 10 million Americans today. If you have serious pain when you swing a tennis racket, pick up a fork, grip a pen, or make any other movements, LiveWell Pain Management physician Nora Taha, MD, can help! Call the Elmwood Park, New Jersey, office or request an appointment online today.
Depending on the tissues involved, elbow pain occurs in either your inner or outer elbow. In many cases, elbow pain also affects your forearm and possibly your wrist.
Just as with back pain, neck pain, and other kinds of chronic pain, elbow pain can cause significant disruption to both required and recreational activities.
Some of the most common causes of elbow pain are:
Depending on its cause, elbow pain can begin either gradually, as with some cases of arthritis, or quite abruptly, as is often the case with tennis elbow.
LiveWell Pain Management uses an integrative approach to elbow pain management, including physical therapy, Acupuncture, topical or oral medications, and minimally invasive procedures.
All elbow pain treatments are non-narcotic for a couple of reasons. Narcotics don’t work for long periods of time, so you need to take them almost constantly to stay out of pain. Also, narcotics are highly habit-forming and can have severe or potentially fatal effects if taken in excess.
Dr. Taha specializes in managing elbow pain using proven methods of pain relief, such as:
Medical Acupuncture is a treatment in which thin needles stimulate your body's own natural endorphins to relieve pain. It can also raise serotonin levels to boost your mood.
Dr. Taha offers ultrasound-guided corticosteroid and anesthetic injections to fight off inflammation and pain. Injections can last for several months or longer in many cases. Dr. Taha also performs regenerative medicine injections, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which have been found to provide excellent relief for chronic elbow issues.
Nerve hydrodissection is a treatment to release a trapped nerve that's causing elbow pain. In this procedure, Dr. Taha uses ultrasound guidance to inject a solution around the trapped nerve. This releases the nerve without a scalpel or major surgery.
There are also a number of other possible strategies to manage elbow pain, including physical therapy, activity modification, regenerative medicine, and other options.
If you have irritating elbow pain and want a long-term pain management option that really works, reach out to LiveWell Pain Management by phone or request an appointment online today.