Elbow Pain

Physical Medicine Institute

B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME

Interventional Orthopedic & Physical Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

If you can no longer swing your tennis racket due to joint stiffness and pain, you can find help at Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California. Rehabilitation physician B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, offers nonsurgical solutions to treat elbow pain caused by arthritis, dislocations, or ligament sprains. Dr. Tabibian uses advanced ultrasound technologies to confirm your diagnosis and to guide interventional injections into the right place. To find out more about available interventional pain-relieving treatments, call Physical Medical Institute or request an appointment through the online booking system.

Elbow Pain Q & A

What causes elbow pain?

Elbow pain can be the result of an acute joint injury from a fall or auto accident, or you may have an underlying degenerative condition that affects your elbow joint. The most common causes of persistent elbow pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament sprains

You may also develop chronic elbow pain due to overuse injuries affecting your elbow’s ligaments, tendons, or muscles if you participate in certain sports or strenuous activities.

Tennis elbow, for instance, is a condition that affects the tendons on the outside of your elbow. The repetitive movements involved in playing tennis cause the tendons to stretch too far, leading to persistent pain and limited range of motion in your elbow joint.

How is elbow pain diagnosed?

To confirm the cause of your elbow pain, Dr. Tabibian reviews your personal and family medical history. He discusses your symptoms and physically examines your elbow joint to identify areas of tenderness and swelling. 

He may ask you to move your elbow in certain ways, so he can evaluate the range of motion in your elbow joint.

To get a better look at the structures of your elbow, Dr. Tabibian uses advanced ultrasound technology to create images of your joint. A diagnostic ultrasound can confirm ligament sprains, tendon tears, and inflammation to help him create the right treatment plan for you.

How is elbow pain treated?

The goals of treating elbow pain are to treat the root cause of your pain and improve the overall function of your joint.

If medications aren’t enough to ease persistent elbow pain, Dr. Tabibian may recommend interventional injection therapies. This treatment uses injections of a steroid and an anesthetic into the elbow joint to reduce inflammation and decrease pain.

If you have conditions like osteoarthritis or a soft tissue injury, you may benefit from injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is found naturally in your blood and contains special growth factors that boosts the speed and efficiency of your healing process. 

PRP injections can provide long-term pain relief by directly treating the root cause of your pain.

To ensure Dr. Tabibian delivers the PRP or medications into the precise location within your joint, he uses advanced ultrasound guidance technology during your treatment.

When elbow pain starts interfering with your quality of life, schedule a diagnostic evaluation by calling Physical Medicine Institute or requesting an appointment through online booking today.