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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained elbow doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City are experts in providing evaluation and treatment for elbow injuries and conditions.
When a patient is coping with elbow pain, whether it is due to a sports injury, such as tennis elbow, another type of tendon injury, or arthritis, an elbow doctor can offer their skills and knowledge. Because they have specialized training, they can offer a deep level of expertise that allows them to give advice to a patient about his or her elbow problems, and then follow up with skilled medical care.
Depending on the patient, the treatment the elbow doctor recommends may be noninvasive or minimally invasive, such as a medication therapy or physical therapy. Other times, surgery is the best choice. Elbow physicians can perform a variety of elbow surgeries, such as a surgery called cubital tunnel release. This surgery relieves pressure on the ulnar nerve of those with a painful elbow condition called cubital tunnel syndrome.
Because the human body is interconnected, sometimes an issue in one area can affect another part of the body. For instance, an elbow injury could also cause pain in the shoulder, wrist, or hand. An elbow surgeon or doctor will be able to expertly diagnose the condition and can understand how elbow pain may be impacting another part of the upper extremity.
Elbow Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to elbow problems and may be familiar to you:
- Elbow locks up
- Forearm muscle pain
- Lump on the tip of the elbow
- Pain on the outside of the elbow
- Shoulder pain in addition to elbow pain
- Unable to bend or straighten the elbow
- Wrist or hand hurts when trying to rotate them
Common Elbow Conditions & Injuries
An elbow specialist may diagnose you with one of the following elbow injuries or conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (a tunnel syndrome that primarily impacts the wrists but can cause pain in the elbow)
- Cubital tunnel syndrome (repetitive stress injury)
- Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Pinched nerve
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress fracture
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Tendon sheath inflammation (tenosynovitis)
Exceptional Elbow Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita or Arkansas City, you’ll meet with one of our elbow doctors, Dr. Phillip Hagan or Dr. Damion Walker. These fellowship-trained medical experts treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life.
They not only provide medical care for conditions like tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and arthritis, but they also have a deep understanding of the challenges patients with elbow issues face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It's important to know that our specialty-trained elbow physicians always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if surgery ultimately is needed, our elbow experts will apply their advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. They'll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City can assess and diagnose your condition and consult with you about what treatment plan may be best for you. Sometimes, our elbow doctors may consult with other experts at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your condition, such as our shoulder or sports medicine doctors. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by the team at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.