William Schell, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy located in Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, New York, NY
If elbow pain is getting the best of you and you’re tired of suffering, New York City-based board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Schell, MD, can help. He finds the root cause of elbow pain so you can resume normal day-to-day activities and restore your quality of life. Call Dr. Schell’s office to learn more about treatment options available for elbow pain, or book an appointment online today.
Elbow Pain Q & A
What causes elbow pain?
Pain in your elbow makes day-to-day activities uncomfortable and can lead to further injury. That’s why finding the cause of elbow pain and receiving appropriate treatment is crucial. Common causes of elbow pain include:
- Tennis elbow (tendon injuries from overuse)
- Golfer’s elbow
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Cartilage injuries
- Inflammation (bursitis or tendonitis)
- Sprains and strains
Sports injuries are common causes of elbow pain. Dr. Schell works with you to figure out which type of elbow injury you have.
How is elbow pain treated?
Dr. Schell completes diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to determine the severity of your injury. Elbow pain is commonly treated with conservative strategies, including:
- Ice treatment
- Elevating your elbow to relieve swelling
- Compression (a brace or bandage)
In severe cases or when elbow pain doesn’t subside with conservative treatments, Dr. Schell may recommend surgery to alleviate chronic pain. Elbow surgeries Dr. Schell performs include:
During an elbow arthroscopic procedure, you’re placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Schell makes tiny incisions in the elbow and uses an arthroscope (a flexible tube-like device containing a video camera and light) to get rid of loose material in the elbow. This might include torn cartilage, bone spurs, or scar tissue.
Ligament and tendon repair
If a tendon or ligament in your elbow gets damaged from a rupture or sprain, Dr. Schell performs the following repair under general anesthesia:
- Tendon debridement to remove damaged tissue from tendons
- Tendon release to split a damaged tendon and remove scar tissue
- Ligament reconstruction to reattach or replace torn tendons
These procedures help alleviate elbow pain once the joint fully heals.
Elbow cartilage repair
During elbow cartilage repair, Dr. Schell implants new cartilage (a smooth coating that surrounds bones and cushions joints) into the damaged area to repair your joint.
Elbow joint replacement
If you haven’t responded to other treatments or have severe arthritis, a fracture, tumor, or history of previous elbow surgeries, Dr. Schell may recommend elbow joint replacement surgery. During the procedure, he inserts an artificial elbow joint to replace the old damaged joint.
If you’re tired of elbow pain reducing your ability to perform the activities you once enjoyed, call Dr. Schell’s office to book an appointment or schedule online today.