Elbow & Arm

There are a wide variety of upper extremity injuries that affect the many bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and other soft tissues of the elbow, hand and wrist. Any of these components can be injured and have a significant impact on a person’s life.

Treatment Plans Tailored to You

Elbow and arm injuries can come from a variety of causes. Some injuries are due to repetitive use while others are due to trauma. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated as soon as possible by a physician who listens and can plan treatment not just around the issue, but the end result you need.


Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center has delivered tens of thousands of examinations, treatments and positive results for elbow and arm issues with residents across Eastern North Carolina. We have a deep well of experience, specialization and both non-surgical and surgical options to get you back in action. And together we’ll find what’s right.


You may have a elbow or arm injury if:

  • Your elbow or arm is stiff and doesn’t allow full movement
  • Your elbow or arm lacks strength to perform your daily activities
  • You are unable to perform normal functions
  • You regularly experience severe pain

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints that causes pain, swelling and stiffness. It can be caused by natural aging, injury, inflammation, or bodily disease. In the United States, 23% of all adults — more than 54 million people — have arthritis with osteoarthritis is the most common form. There are many nonsurgical and operative treatments for arthritis depending on the individual’s stage and cause of her/his arthritis.


Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone, called tendons. It can be caused by repetitive stress or a sudden increase in intensity or physical activity. Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee are all forms of tendonitis. Early symptoms include pain and tenderness over the affected tendon or bone to which it attaches. If tendonitis is not recognized or diagnosed early, it can lead to more severe issues including tears and ruptures.


Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis. It is inflammation or microtearing of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow, called the lateral epicondyle. It is caused by overuse or repetitive motion (like playing tennis), which leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.


Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is compression of the ulnar nerve behind the inside part of the elbow causing ulnar nerve entrapment. It is the most common place for compression of the ulnar nerve, which is one of the three main nerves in your arm that travels from your neck down into your hand.

Other Common Issues:
  • Bursa/Bursitis
  • UCL Tear
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Bicep Tendon Rupture
  • Sprains and Fractures
    • Radius/Ulna
    • Humerus
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