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The elbow joint is a simple hinge joint, but is affected by the additional rotational range of motion that the forearm has, beginning at the elbow joint. A series of tendons, ligaments and muscles connecting the elbow and the forearm ensure smooth movement.

Problems with the elbow are often a result of repetitive stressful motion over time, such as hammering or serving a tennis ball. Many times elbow pain is actually from wrist movement. Because the muscles, ligaments and tendons are so interconnected, the elbow becomes the site of pain.

Help for Elbow Pain at MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is staffed by a wide range of musculoskeletal experts to help treat your elbow pain, including:

  • Orthopedic surgeons — Orthopedic surgeons specialize in surgeries on the joints, bones and supporting structures of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Pain Management Specialists — Pain management specialists are doctors who focus on treating patients who suffer from chronic pain issues, to help patients feel less pain. Learn more about our Pain Management program.
  • Physiatrists — Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, treat conditions that affect how you move. They often work with patients who are experiencing pain, mobility problems or other issues after an illness or injury. Learn more about our Physiatrists.
  • Physical Therapists — Physical therapists are health care professionals trained to work with people to help them regain mobility and function after an illness or injury, or during recovery from some kinds of surgeries. Learn more about Physical Therapy at MultiCare.
  • Sports Medicine Specialists — Sports medicine doctors typically focus on treating conditions or injuries related to sports or exercise. Their patients range from serious athletes to people who simply lead active lives. Learn more about Sports Medicine.

Diagnosing and Treating Elbow Pain

Since elbow pain can be caused by a number of conditions or injuries, your first step in diagnosing your pain is to be seen by one of our providers. Your initial appointment will be usually be with one of our orthopedic surgeons or sports medicine doctors. The doctor will complete a full evaluation of your symptoms and recent activities. X-rays, and MRI or CT scans may be necessary.

Finding the reason for your pain will help determine your treatment, as well as which provider or providers will be part of your treatment team.

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Common Elbow Problems

  • Arthritis
  • Bicep injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Ligament injuries
  • Little leaguer’s elbow
  • Osteo cartilage defects
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Ulnar neuritis cubital syndrome

Contact Us

To learn more or to make an appointment, select one of the providers listed above, or call:

Pierce County Locations (except Mountain Clinic):

  • MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Mountain:

South King County Locations:

Pediatric Orthopedics: