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Proper functioning of the elbows (parts of the body that are also called the "upper extremities") – is necessary for daily activities. Writing, grabbing, driving, or lifting are severely limited if the muscles, nerves, joints, and bones in these areas are not working properly.
The design of the elbows and their daily use put them at risk for injury. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one-third of all acute injuries treated in emergency rooms involve the upper extremities.
Many injuries to these areas can be treated without surgery, and at BMC, physicians explore such options before considering surgery. However, there are times when surgery can be the better option. BMC surgeons are fellowship-trained in elbow surgery and have extensive expertise in caring for the elbows.
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Recovering from an injury or learning to live with a physical disability or limitation can be challenging. Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) can help patients regain strength or mobility, relearn skills, or find new ways of performing everyday tasks.
Conditions We Treat
Attached to the bicep muscle is the bicep tendon, which runs from the elbow to shoulder. A tear of the bicep tendon can occur, with symptoms ranging from a gradual or sharp, sudden pain in the upper arm, bruising, tenderness, immobility, or weakness. This tear can occur in the shoulder or the elbow. Injury and overuse of the shoulders and arms are the main causes of a tendon rupture. Common risk factors include age, lifting weights that are too heavy, shoulder overuse, smoking, and corticosteroid medications.
Osteoarthritis, or "wear and tear" arthritis, is a common degenerative disease that can affect any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis in the elbow happens when the cartilage that cushions the end of the bone wears thin or is damaged. Pain, immobility, and stiffness are the main symptoms.
Tennis elbow, commonly known as "lateral epicondylitis," is the inflammation of the tendons on forearm muscles outside the elbow. Repeated, strong movement of the forearm like with tennis and other racquet sports, and activities like carpentry, painting, plumbing, and cooking can cause tennis elbow. Symptoms can increase over time and include pain and/or a burning sensation in the elbow area or weakness in gripping something.
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Replacement - Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, ACL and Meniscus Surgery, Shoulder Instability, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Cartilage Surgery, Multiligament Knee Reconstruction
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee including ACL reconstruction, Shoulder rotator cuff injuries and instability.