Elbow Pain and Injuries – MU Health Care

Our orthopedic specialists offer surgical and non-surgical options to reduce or eliminate elbow pain and injuries. Our surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive procedures that can get you back to normal activity faster.

As experts in the diagnosis and treatment of elbow conditions, the orthopedic specialists at MU Health Care can help you with elbow pain relief. Our experts are often called upon by other doctors to treat the most complex elbow problems.

We can help you understand what’s causing your elbow pain and connect you with the latest research and treatment options.

If you are looking for relief for your elbow pain, call us at 573-882-BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment today.

Causes of elbow pain

Your elbow pain may be the result of a fall, previous surgery, or an unknown condition. Whatever the cause, our doctors will help you understand the reason for your pain.

Causes of elbow pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • dislocated elbow
  • Distal biceps tendon injury
  • Elbow instability
  • elbow stiffness
  • broken bones
  • golfer’s elbow
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • tennis elbow
  • Throwing injuries
  • Triceps tendon injury
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury

Diagnosing elbow pain

Our doctors will perform a physical examination to look for injuries that may be causing elbow pain. They will also ask you questions about the nature of your pain.

For example, your doctor may ask you if your elbow hurts more if you bend or straighten it, if your elbow hurts when you lift or hold objects, or if it causes pain while you work.

Knowing which movements and activities hurt your elbow will help your doctor diagnose the cause of your elbow pain.

Your doctor may also order tests or images to get a better view of your elbow and help you develop a treatment plan.

Elbow Pain Treatment at MU Health Care

Your treatment plan will focus on your personal goals. Your doctor will go through a variety of options to help manage your pain and any related elbow conditions. Together, you will decide on a plan that will allow you to resume your normal activities.

Non-surgical treatments for elbow pain

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following non-surgical treatment options:

Rest your elbow injury

In some cases, your doctor will ask you to reduce or stop moving your elbow so that it has time to heal. Your doctor may provide you with a splint or splint to help the elbow rest. Applying ice and heat during this time can help reduce pain.


Certain medications can be injected into the joint to reduce pain and inflammation. Your doctor will tell you which one is best for you.

Oral medications

Medications can help manage pain, swelling, and inflammation in the elbow. For example, your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for elbow pain.

physical therapy

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy. During therapy, you will do exercises and stretches that improve flexibility and strength.

Injury Prevention

Your doctor or therapist may recommend changes to your desk or keyboard to help avoid strain or pressure on a nerve. These steps can help prevent the pain from coming back or getting worse.

Surgical treatments for elbow pain

If non-surgical options don’t address your pain or injury, MU Health offers the highest level of care in the area for elbow surgery.

Our surgeons are leaders in the field and experts in minimally invasive elbow procedures. This means that your surgeon will use the latest techniques so you can expect a shorter surgery and faster recovery.

Our expert surgeons specialize in complex cases and routinely perform the following procedures:

  • Arthroscopic or open contracture release for stiff elbow
  • Arthroscopic debridement for arthritic elbow
  • Ligament repair and reconstruction for unstable elbow
  • Surgical debridement of tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Fixing the fractured and dislocated elbow
  • Elbow Replacement

In addition, our health system is collaborative in all specialties. You’ll have a seamless experience –– from your first surgical consultation to your post-surgery rehab appointments.

Progress Tracking

Your doctor will monitor your progress over time to make sure your elbow is healing properly. They will also ask you if your pain is decreasing or gone.

Our doctors will communicate with your physiotherapist and other members of your healthcare team throughout the process.

Expertise in the treatment of elbow pain and injuries

At MU Health, we have the highest level of surgical expertise in the region, giving you the best care near you. That’s why area physicians continue to send us their most complex cases for referrals and counter opinions.

Our elbow surgeons perform more complex elbow surgeries than anyone in the area. They can assess why previous surgery may not have adequately addressed your pain – and perform revision surgery to provide relief.

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