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Elbow Pain Specialist

Dr. Robert F Bowers -  - Pain Management Physician

Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Dr. Robert F Bowers

Pain Management Physician located in Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

You probably don’t think about your elbows too frequently. However, if you have elbow pain, you know just how much you rely on these joints. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, Robert Bowers, MD, a double board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, offers expert diagnosis and personalized treatments for elbow pain. Call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC to make an appointment today for customized treatment for elbow pain.

Elbow Pain Q & A

What causes elbow pain?

In many cases, elbow pain is due to overuse. For example, you’re most likely to develop elbow pain if you participate in a sport like tennis, golf, or baseball. Your elbow pain could stem from problems with your muscles, ligaments, tendons, bursae, or bones. 

Many conditions cause elbow pain. For example, medial epicondylitis, also referred to as golfer’s or little leaguer’s elbow, develops from the repetitive throwing motion of baseball and the downward swing of golf. It causes pain on the inside of the elbow, which may be triggered by certain wrist movements. 

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly called tennis elbow, affects the tendons on the outside of your elbow. You may have pain or a burning sensation on the outside of your elbow or problems gripping an object. 

Other conditions that cause elbow pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis 
  • Ligament strains
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Nerve entrapment 

 

If you’re concerned about elbow pain, call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC. The earlier you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the more quickly your pain will subside.

 

When should I talk to a doctor about elbow pain?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Bowers if your elbow pain is limiting your movement or interfering with your daily activities. For example, if you can’t fully extend your elbow or can’t turn your arm so your palm faces up or down, you’ll have problems completing everyday tasks. Severe pain, swelling, or bruising around your elbow are other signs that indicate you need medical attention. 

 

How is elbow pain evaluated?

Dr. Bowers performs comprehensive exams to identify the cause of your elbow pain. He begins by reviewing your medical history and examining your elbow. He checks for signs of inflammation and deformity that indicate an injury. Dr. Bowers also uses X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and nerve conduction studies to collect more information about your painful elbow condition. 

 

How is elbow pain treated?

Dr. Bowers provides customized treatment plans for elbow pain. Depending on your condition, he may recommend rest, ice, and physical therapy. In more severe situations, he may provide steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, or radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Bowers explains all your options and answers your questions so you can make an informed choice about the best treatment for your elbow pain.

If you have elbow pain, call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC to make an appointment today.

Pain Management Specialist in Bellevue, Washington and servicing areas in Seattle, Washington