The elbow is susceptible to injury from impact or repetitive use. Injuries to a joint are a catalyst for bone spur growth, a problem common in the elbow. Elbow bone spurs can cause pain and dysfunction in the joint, restricting movement. Dr. Steven Struhl is a respected orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who offers elbow bone spur treatment at his clinics in NYC or Westchester.
Bones spurs are bony growths that protrude from the bone and are common in joints, including the elbow. Osteoarthritis, tendonitis and other forms of inflammation are the most common cause of bone spur formation. When the elbow joint has inflammation due to arthritis or injury, the body stimulates repair in the area. This can cause bone to form, creating bumps of bone or spurs. Bone spurs can be present without any symptoms. However, some bone spurs can irritate tendons, muscles or nerves in the elbow, causing pain. Bone spurs can also break off the bone, becoming loose bodies in the elbow joint.
Removing Painful Elbow Bone Spurs
When elbow bone spurs cause pain or restrict function, treatment or surgery may be required for relief. Cortisone injections and physical therapy are non-invasive options that may be used for elbow bone spur treatment. If conservative treatments are not effective, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in the elbow. This is a “keyhole” surgery, with only a tiny incision used to access the elbow joint and remove bone spurs that are causing joint aggravation. Elbow bone spur surgery is usually followed by physical therapy to regain range of motion and strength in the elbow.
Elbow bone spurs are common in pitchers and other throwing athletes, as well as those with elbow arthritis. If you have elbow pain caused by bone spurs, contact us at Shoulders & Knees orthopedics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Struhl at our clinic in NYC or Westchester.