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Elbow Pain - what to do next?

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  • Posted By: salijackt
  • November 10, 2008
  • 11:53 PM

I have been bouncing around from doctor to doctor and each seems to give me a different suggestion of what to do for the elbow pain I've been experiencing. My primary pain is around the olecrenon process and medial epicondyle. I've been experiencing tingling in my fourth and fifth digits as well as weakened grip (about a 50% reduction in strength). Bending the elbow up causes severe pain as does any touch above my medial epicondyle. I've started wearing a brace to hold my elbow straight at night. I've been doing physical therapy twice a week and my physical therapist believes it may a problem with my ulnar nerve or medial epicondylitis. I've had x-rays (normal) and an MRI (small joint effusion, everything else normal). I saw a doctor that was recommended to see about a cortisone shot, but that doctor didn't think a shot would help. I've also gone to an chiropractor who just made it hurt worse. It has been almost seven weeks since the injury first occurred, but no one seems to know exactly what to do with me. Right now I just want the pain to stop.

Any suggestions of what sort of doctor to try now? Neurologist? Psychiatrist, Hand Doctor, Orthopedist?

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  • Have you consulted an ortho who specializes in arms or just a general ortho. My normal doc is a knee specialist-- he is sending me to a guy who does just elbows and wrist. Check to see what doctors in your area have done and arm/wrist (or upper extremities) followship.
    ex-gymnast 6 Replies
    • January 3, 2009
    • 04:14 AM
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  • I have been bouncing around from doctor to doctor and each seems to give me a different suggestion of what to do for the elbow pain I've been experiencing. My primary pain is around the olecrenon process and medial epicondyle. I've been experiencing tingling in my fourth and fifth digits as well as weakened grip (about a 50% reduction in strength). Bending the elbow up causes severe pain as does any touch above my medial epicondyle. I've started wearing a brace to hold my elbow straight at night. I've been doing physical therapy twice a week and my physical therapist believes it may a problem with my ulnar nerve or medial epicondylitis. I've had x-rays (normal) and an MRI (small joint effusion, everything else normal). I saw a doctor that was recommended to see about a cortisone shot, but that doctor didn't think a shot would help. I've also gone to an chiropractor who just made it hurt worse. It has been almost seven weeks since the injury first occurred, but no one seems to know exactly what to do with me. Right now I just want the pain to stop.Any suggestions of what sort of doctor to try now? Neurologist? Psychiatrist, Hand Doctor, Orthopedist?Thought you might be interested in checking out the following links for detailed information on medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow) and referred pain to the elbow including treatment:Referred Pain ElbowGolfers ElbowHope that helps,PhysioAdvisorwww.PhysioAdvisor.com
    PhysioAdvisor 93 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. I would agree that seeing an orthopedic doctor that specializes in the elbow/wrist/hand would be a great idea. Hopefully PT will help. Also realize that if symptoms continue you could have a component that is originating from your neck. If sympotms don't improve with PT ask your doctor about this possibility. For more information about elbow tendonitis, visit: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/elbow-tendonitis.html Good luck.
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