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Elbow Specialist

Alta Orthopedics

Amish A Naik, MD, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon located in Millburn, NJ

Your elbow is sometimes called the “funny bone,” but there’s nothing funny about elbow pain that prevents you from fully flexing or extending your arm. Whether you’ve injured your elbow playing sports, in a work-related or auto accident, or through repetitive use, Amish Naik, MD, PhD, gets to the source of your pain and gives you relief. Dr. Naik offers diagnostic and therapeutic services using cutting-edge technology at his Alta Orthopedics office in Millburn, New Jersey. Restore pain-free movement and flexibility to your elbow by calling Alta Orthopedics today or using the online contact form.

Elbow Q & A

Why does my elbow hurt?

Joint pain is among the most common types of chronic pain, affecting at least 15 million people in the United States. Because you use your arms all day long to perform both simple and complex tasks, your elbow joint is at risk of repetitive-use injuries. 

You might develop elbow pain because you:

  • Play sports like tennis or golf
  • Perform manual labor like painting or lifting
  • Play a musical instrument such as the violin
  • Were in an accident or collision
  • Fell on your elbow

Your elbow pain could also be caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve compression
  • Tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Instability

Dr. Naik’s first job when you come to Alta Orthopedics is to get to the root of your elbow pain. He conducts a physical examination, orders on-site imaging studies, and asks you about the history of your elbow pain as well as your daily, repetitive tasks.

What are other signs that I have an elbow injury?

You may have an elbow injury if you experience pain on the inside of your elbow after you throw a ball or other object. Other signs that your elbow joint has been injured is feeling like it’s going to pop out of place when you perform a simple activity, such as pushing in a chair at the table. You may also hear clicking or popping sounds when you flex or straighten your elbow.

Contact Dr. Naik right away if you notice symptoms such as purplish bruising or intense swelling. If your elbow or arm looks deformed, you may have a fracture that requires immediate attention.

How can I treat my elbow injury?

If you recently injured your elbow and the injury isn’t severe, Dr. Naik may recommend conservative treatments, such as icing the area and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate swelling. You may also benefit from bracing and physical therapy.

How do doctors treat severe elbow injuries?

If your pain is severe or chronic (has persisted for 12 weeks or more), Dr. Naik may recommend arthroscopic surgical repair, including:

  • Ligament reconstruction — replaces torn tissue with a graft
  • Fracture fixation — may require screws and pins to stabilize the joint

If you suffer from acute or chronic elbow pain, contact Alta Orthopedics today. Use the handy online form or call the friendly staff.