The elbow is prone to a lot of repetitive use injuries. This can lead to the need for elbow surgery. A few of the most common conditions I see are things like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), cubital tunnel syndrome, and distal biceps tendon ruptures.
Many elbow injuries are the result of repetitive use type activity. These can be difficult to manage and affect people from day to day, and disrupt sleep at night.
In many cases, the primary treatments for those issues are bracing, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy–including stretching exercises. Injections can also be used occasionally. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are typically slower resolving problems that don’t go away as fast as people would like. However, it is essential to give them time and a focused effort to improve. In the event those things don’t work, it may be time to talk about surgical intervention.
Depending on patient factors and activity levels, surgery can be done by either an arthroscopic approach or an open approach.