Treatment of elbow pain in Munich
Diagnosis of elbowpain in Munich
At the beginning, the focus is on a detailed discussion with the patient about the medical history and causes. This is followed by a detailed clinical examination with a movement check to determine the exact extent of the functional impairment. In many cases we use what are known as imaging procedures; these are helpful to consolidate the diagnosis. Ultrasound (sonography), x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRT) or computed tomography (CT) are available. We then create a therapy concept that is individually tailored to the patient and initially focuses on the broad spectrum of conservative treatment options. This will usually treat you effectively and safely for most elbow complaints.
Your advantages at OrthoCenter Munich
- Orthopedic treatment focus on spinetherapy
- Wide range of conservative and operative procedures
- Gentle procedures in focus: Dr. Riedel specializes in gentle pain therapy. He was head physician in various pain clinics for over 20 years
- Joints and surgical expert: Prof. Dr. Lill specializes in the treatment of joints. He has years of experience in the field of minimally invasiveand arthroscopic ops.
- Cooperation with clinics and research institutes worldwide
- Renowned private practice: the OrthoCenter is internationally known and repeatedly welcomes patients from abroad who come to Munich for treatment
OUR ORTHOPEDIC SERVICES FOR PAIN IN THE ELBOW
Causes & Diagnosis:
Elbow bursitis, also called olecranon bursitis, is usually caused by a sport related injury or by something as simple as constantly using your elbow and arm to support your head. It is also something that can happen to anyone. Whether caused by injury, overuse or bacteria, bursitis always involves inflammation. Increases in synovial fluid and blood flow to the affected area cause swelling and a flushing of the skin. Bacterial bursitis can also lead to the production of pus. Targeted and early treatment is essential.
Since bursitis is usually accompanied by swelling, a specialist can diagnose this ailment by palpating the affected area. In addition, ultrasound technology can be used to determine the type and severity of the bursitis. Pain is not necessarily a symptom of elbow bursitis! Chronic forms of bursitis can go unnoticed for long periods of time. A detailed medical history will be acquired and further examinations will be conducted for each case. This will aid in choosing the most appropriate treatment. One of the aims of therapy will be to ensure that the cause of the bursitis is eliminated. Surgery may be required for chronically recurring bacterial bursitis.
Depending on the cause of the bursitis, several different treatment options may be suggested. Conservative treatment consists of the following measures: immobilisation by cast or splint, physical therapy including mud packs, ultrasound and electro-therapy, treatment by injection (either puncturing the affected area or corticosteroid injection), extracorporeal shock wave treatment of the inflamed area or/and cold therapy to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Prof. Lill makes a detailed examination and diagnosis for each patient.
Causes & Symptoms:
If the area around the elbow is in pain and this pain increases when the muscles of the upper arm are used, tennis elbow is a leading candidate for the reason behind the pain. As the name suggests, this condition often affects tennis players. Those who are at highest risk of developing tennis elbow are those who subject their arms to repetitive monotonous movements – either during a sport or at work. Working on your computer for long periods of time can also lead to tennis elbow.
Affected patients usually have trouble performing difficult tasks while using their hand. Intense handshakes and holding items for long periods of time is no longer possible. Manual labour can also lead to severe pain caused by tennis elbow. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should undergo an examination by a specialist as soon as possible.
Rapid treatment of tennis elbow includes the following methods: immobilisation to allow healing of the micro-cracks, cryotherapy (treatment using cold to reduce inflammation) or/and extracorporeal shock wave therapy for reducing pain. Part of treating tennis elbow involves eliminating the cause of the condition to ensure it will not return. Tennis players should improve or change their technique. To address work related epicondylitis, positioning and posture at your desk should be optimised. If conservative treatment does not produce positive results, arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery may be necessary. Here the tendons are treated via an incision. The mobilisation of pain-conducting nerves can also relieve discomfort.