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.
MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is staffed by a wide range of musculoskeletal experts to help treat your elbow pain, including:
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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To learn more or to make an appointment, select one of the providers listed above, or call:
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