Arm & Elbow
Whether you are an athlete suffering from an injury to your arm or elbow, or if you have a painful or arthritic joint, our elite team is dedicated to getting you back to an active and pain-free life.
At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, we specialize in arm and elbow treatments. Whether it’s a sprain, fracture, or other injury—we can help. Our team of specialists are also able to treat diseases and syndromes, such as elbow bursitis, osteoarthritis, and tennis elbow.
Bones can break in different ways. You may have a slight crack or the bone can be completely broken through. Sometimes the bone can break into many fragments.
The most common cause of broken bones in arms is falling on an outstretched hand, impact to the arm, or a vehicular accident. Symptoms of a broken bone include immediate pain, possible deformity (especially when the forearm bones are broken), swelling, bruising, the inability to rotate your hand, and on rare occasions, weakness or numbness in the wrist or fingers. Typical treatment for broken bones include a x-ray and cast. When orthopaedic surgery is necessary, we have you covered at Orthopedic Health of Kansas City.
Fractures & Joint Pain
At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our surgeons are experts in elbow joint surgery, reconstruction, and total replacement. We’re experts in orthopaedic surgery, including elbow arthroscopy, utilizing the latest technology to diagnose issues prior to surgery.
The elbow is a complicated joint. It has two separate motions, bending and rotating, due to the socket and hinge joint. Injury, breaks, fracture, or dislocation can affect one or both of those unique motions.
When breaks occur, they can happen in many different places in the elbow. Fractures can occur near the end of the bone where growth plates are. Most fractures around the elbow joint occur when the person falls on their outstretched arm. Wherever the break occurs, the symptoms are the same: acute pain in the joint and forearm, along with occasional numbness in the hand.
Dislocation & Surgery
Dislocation usually occurs when a person falls on an outstretched hand. The impact of the hand hitting the ground, travels straight up the forearm to the elbow. When the hand is turned, this impact can force the elbow out of its socket. Another cause of dislocation is automobile accidents when people brace for impact.
There are two types of elbow dislocations: partial and complete. When an elbow is completely dislocated there is obvious deformation and acute pain. With partial elbow dislocation, the bones can relocate correctly, making the joint appear normal. However, partial relocation can recur over time as ligaments are stretched and torn. Even within these types of dislocations, they can be simple dislocations with no broken bones or complex with injury to bones, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels.
Some dislocations can be treated non-surgically, but some will require orthopaedic surgery followed by physical therapy. Our team of experts are your best resource for diagnosing and ultimately repairing joint problems. At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, we will treat you effeciently with state-of-the-art orthopaedic care. We’ll be along side you every step of the way—from diagnosis to orthopaedic surgery to therapy—and will have you moving again in no time.