Our elbows help us perform many everyday movements such as lifting, reaching, throwing, pulling and more. The elbow is known as a hinge joint which allows the elbow to move freely through flexion and extension. Since the elbow is frequently used in everyday movements, whether a person is a professional baseball pitcher or someone reaching to unload their groceries, the elbow can be repetitively worked throughout the day and lead to an injury. There are multiple ligaments and tendons that make up the elbow joint and pain can be caused by any them becoming inflamed or strained. Tennis elbow is one of the most common elbow injuries felt on the outer portion of the elbow due to repetitive motions such as playing tennis or any type of racket sport. It can also been seen in common hobbies such as painting, raking, knitting, and typing. The most common injury is a strain or sprain to the elbow due to overuse of the ligament or tendon. If you are experiencing any type of elbow pain, a good way to start the diagnostic process is to have an ultrasound. This way the physician will be able to see if there are any tears, inflammation, or visible injuries to the structures. With this knowledge, the doctor will be able to create the best treatment process for you moving forward.
What can an Elbow Ultrasound help diagnose?
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tears
- Ulnar nerve entrapment/cubital tunnel syndrome
- Medial Epicondylitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Biceps tendonitis/tendonosis
- Radial collateral ligament
- Valgus extension overload
- Olecranon bursitis
- Triceps tendonitis/tear
Ultrasound is a safe diagnostic imaging technique that requires no preparation. Please arrive to your ultrasound appointment early in order to check in with the receptionist. Please wear a T-shirt or clothing that will allow the elbow to be easily accessible as the ultrasound technician will be placing conductive gel on the elbow area in order to get an image. If you are having an ultrasound on only one elbow, the appointment will be approximately 15 minutes. However, if you are having both elbows done it will be approximately 30 minutes.