A looseness in the elbow joint that may cause the joint to pop, slip out of place and catch during certain arm movements is known as elbow instability. Elbow instability may result from an injury such as an elbow dislocation. At Shoulders & Knees orthopedic clinic, our esteemed orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steven Struhl, offers elbow instability treatment at our locations in Westchester and UES New York City.
Causes and Symptoms of Elbow instability
Most people with elbow instability experience symptoms after an injury. This can be a traumatic injury, such as a dislocation or sprain. It can also be a repetitive use injury: overuse of the elbow in sports or in the workplace can stretch or damage tendons or ligaments. Elbow instability can also occur after surgery. Some of the symptoms include:
- Sliding or shifting of the elbow components
- Clicking or catching in the elbow
- Locking of the elbow
- Pain with movement, especially a throwing motion
- A loose sensation
Elbow instability impacts strength and accuracy for athletes or can cause pain while performing routine tasks. It may be caused by damaged ligaments or tendons.
Conservative treatments are usually recommended for improving elbow stability. Using a bracing device, resting the elbow and undergoing physical therapy can be effective in stabilizing the joint. When conservative treatments are not effective, surgery may be recommended. Repairing torn or stretched ligaments can stabilize the joint to stop shifting or locking. A cast or brace may be required after surgery to limit movement while healing, followed by physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion.
If you have experienced elbow instability, contact our team at Shoulders & Knees orthopedics. We can schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Steven Struhl to discuss the best treatment options for your elbow condition. We have locations in NYC and Westchester for your convenience.