Elbow Injuries

Elbow Injuries & Conditions

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Elbow Injury Overview

Your elbow joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the elbow joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have elbow problems.

Many things can make your elbow hurt. A common cause is tendinitis, inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis of the elbow is a sports injury, often from playing tennis or golf. You may also get tendinitis from overuse of the elbow.

About Elbow Pain

Throughout the day, we are constantly using our arms to lift and throw things, work, or even display our emotion. Because of that, even the smallest bit of pain can cause your normal routines to take a back seat. The good news is that there are many options available for treatment at Sano Orthopedics.

Because the elbow joint is an area that connects the humerus (upper arm), ulna (inner forearm), and radius (outer forearm), it received a great deal of force when the arm is in motion. When consistent force or abrupt movements happen, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be affected causing pain.

UCL Repair Reconstruction (Tommy John)

UCL injury may result from repetitive stress to the elbow or from trauma, which is why throwers have the highest risk. Throwing motions, twisting and bending of the elbow, put extreme stress on the ligament.
Over time, the UCL can develop tiny or large tears. The ligament stretches and lengthens to the point where it can’t hold the bones tightly enough during throwing or other activities.
UCL reconstruction is also called Tommy John surgery.

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is inflammation or degeneration or partial tearing of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually and worsen over time. Usually, tennis elbow is treated non-surgically. 

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Elbow Sprains & Fractures

The major differentiation for a fracture in comparison to all of the aforementioned injuries is that a fracture signifies a break in the bone. Although typically very small, these fractures can result in a large amount of pain and potential complications.

There are several different types of fractures that a person can have, such as:

  • An oblique fracture
  • A stable fracture
  • A compound fracture
  • A comminuted fracture
  • A transverse fracture

It is important to seek professional treatment for a fracture in order to set the bone properly before it begins to heal. A bone that has healed in an abnormal way will almost certainly cause l

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Why Choose SANO?

We know that surgery isn’t always necessary, and is certainly not the first or only method of treatment. Our goal is to relieve pain and help restore the proper function and alignment of the elbow with a treatment plan that fits your need. Our qualified team takes their extensive training and fellowships and puts it to use developing a unique treatment plan for you. You can be confident in the approach our team takes in returning you to your active lifestyle.

Dr. Kevin Witte

Dr. Kevin Witte is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing elbow care, tennis elbow, UCL repair and reconstruction (Tommy John surgery).


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Dr. Alexander Palmer

Dr. Alex Palmer is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in elbow care, tennis elbow, elbow arthroscopy, and upper extremity care.


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Dr. Matthew Daggett

Dr. Matt Daggett is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow care, tennis elbow and bicep injuries.


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He is AMAZING. Wonderful bedside manner, he listens and takes his time with you. He seems to truly care about his patients. If there were more than 5 stars, Dr. Daggett would get them from me!

Hannah B.

Dr. Witte did a thorough exam of my left elbow. Telling me exactly what he found and my options for correction.

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Dr. Witte was called into repair my smashed right elbow. I am impressed with his ability to explain what his procedure would involve and also his very patient approach. As this was May 2020 the lockdown was a limiting event but Dr. Witte took the extra time needed to meet with my husband in the waiting room before the surgery as well as the follow up after surgery. Each follow up visit at the office was also well designed for expedience but also very personal, knowledge and responsive to questioning. I am well on my way to complete function in my right arm again. Thank you Dr. Witte and team.

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