Elbow pain, stiffness, and movement issues can disrupt your active life. Denver Sports Medicine and Spine experts Yani C. Zinis, DO, and Raili Donnelly, PA-C, specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation treatments that help you return to the things you love. Learn more about the innovative nonsurgical therapies available by calling the Denver, Colorado, office or booking through online scheduling now.

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What causes elbow issues?

Elbow problems may occur due to injury or wear and tear. Common elbow problems include:

Elbow bursitis

Elbow bursitis occurs when the gel sacs that enable smooth movement in your joints become irritated and inflamed.

Lateral epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) occurs when the tendons that connect your forearm muscles to your outer elbow grow inflamed or develop tiny tears. Tennis elbow often occurs in athletes who play racquet sports. Other repetitive arm movements, like frequent computer mouse use or painting, can cause tennis elbow as well.

Medial epicondylitis

Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) is similar to tennis elbow, but it affects the tendons that attach to the inside of the elbow. It often affects golfers but can also affect athletes in throwing sports and people who participate in weight training frequently.

Biceps tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis affects the tendons joining the biceps muscle to the shoulder and elbow. While it usually causes shoulder pain, bicep tendonitis can also affect the elbow. Distal bicep tendonitis often causes elbow pain in people who regularly lift weights.

Triceps tendonitis

Triceps tendonitis affects the tendons that link the triceps muscle to the elbow. It commonly happens because of repeated arm extension and is common in baseball players, boxers, and gymnasts.

The Denver Sports Medicine and Spine team can expertly assess your elbow symptoms and identify the reason for your issues.

When should I see a doctor about elbow pain and stiffness?

If elbow pain and stiffness cause you to miss your regular activities, or if you can’t do simple things like moving your forearm, call Denver Sports Medicine and Spine. Effective treatments are available, and you can get back in the game without surgery in most cases.

How are elbow symptoms treated?

Denver Sports Medicine and Spine focuses on healing injured tissues so you can return to the activities you love. Various approaches are available, such as cortisone, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and alternative cellular therapies*.

The team also has a premier referral network of physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons, ensuring that your elbow problems won’t derail your life for long.

Call the Denver Sports Medicine and Spine office or click the online scheduler to arrange your consultation today.

*Some tissue injections are FDA-approved only for the treatment of certain cancers, blood disorders, and immune disorders