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Elbow Pain Specialist

Jimmy M Tamai, MD -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC

Jimmy M Tamai, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Fairbanks, AK

Did you know that about 10 million Americans regularly experience elbow pain? If you’re one of them, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jimmy Tamai, MD, regularly works with people of all ages to diagnose and treat elbow pain. Using both conservative and surgical treatments, he works to limit inflammation, increase circulation, and help you feel better. Request an elbow pain appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.

Elbow Pain Q & A

What is elbow pain?

Elbow pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that causes pain, discomfort, and limited movement in one or both elbows. While anyone can experience elbow pain, it’s particularly common in athletes, especially people who play tennis, golf, baseball, or boxing.

Elbow pain occurs for an array of reasons. Sometimes it’s a result of a muscle strain or torn ligament; other times, it’s the result of a fracture or bursitis. No matter the underlying cause, if elbow pain is affecting your quality of life, it’s important to get help.

What are the symptoms of elbow pain?

Elbow pain varies from person to person and depends on the underlying cause. Common signs of elbow pain include:

  • Swelling
  • Difficulty bending your elbow
  • A clicking or grating sound during movement
  • Pain
  • Discoloration

When left untreated, elbow pain may also affect the mobility of your arm. Some people with elbow pain find it difficult to lift objects or eat using silverware. 

What are some common causes of elbow pain?

Elbow pain occurs for a wide range of reasons. Two of the most common conditions that Dr. Tamai diagnoses and treats are:

Cubital tunnel syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when your ulnar nerve, or funny bone, becomes stretched, compressed, or irritated. Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome including tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers as well as pain and soreness along the forearm.

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow occurs if you overwork or overload the tendons in your elbow, usually as a result of repetitive wrist or elbow motions. People who play tennis are at risk, but so are people who regularly use their forearms or elbows throughout the workday. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and general discomfort. 

How is elbow pain treated?

Treatment for elbow pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. If possible, Dr. Tamai recommends conservative, noninvasive measures such as:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Immobilization
  • Elbow padding

If your pain persists or doesn’t respond to these treatments, you might benefit from corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections. 

In rare cases, Dr. Tamai might recommend surgical intervention using minimally invasive techniques.

Don’t let elbow pain prevent you from living your best life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tamai at Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, LLC, by calling the office or booking online today.