Connecticut Pain Solutions provides pain management and neurology services in Stamford and Wallingford, CT. Call 203-724-9290 (Stamford) or 203-626-9080 (Wallingford) to learn more and schedule your appointment.
At Connecticut Pain Solutions, our simple but powerful goal is to use our minimally invasive, technologically advanced techniques to help you avoid surgery. We take a safe but aggressive approach to treating elbow pain.
The first step is a thorough evaluation of your elbow pain to determine whether it is neurological or anatomical in origin, and to learn exactly which structures are affected. Depending on our findings, we offer a variety of elbow pain treatment options:
A nerve block is most often performed as a diagnostic procedure to determine whether you are a candidate for a radiofrequency ablation. However, if nerve compression is causing your pain, a nerve block may stop the pain altogether.
A radiofrequency ablation is typically performed after a nerve block confirms the source of your elbow pain. Radiofrequency waves are used to burn off the affected nerve, providing partial or full relief from the pain. The nerve will eventually grow back, and you may need another ablation in 12 to 24 months. However, some people never again experience the pain, even after the nerve regenerates.
Steroid anti inflammatory injections
If your elbow pain originates in a joint, we can inject a combination of numbing agents and steroids into that joint. Some people need just one injection, while others require two or three to achieve relief. Pain relief from joint injections may last for months or even years.
Trigger Point Injections
Regardless of the specific cause of your pain, elbow pain usually results in trigger points, or very tight knots of muscle tissue that can be extremely painful. Although these can eventually be worked out with massage, trigger point injections often bring faster and more complete relief.
For any serious pain, medication is generally a first line of treatment. We can manage your pain medications, with the goal of gradually reducing the amount you take.
Whether you are trying to avoid elbow surgery, or to recover more quickly afterward, physical therapy is a vital component of treatment. In fact, the goal for all other elbow pain management techniques is to alleviate the pain enough for you to fully participate in physical therapy.
Your physical therapist will thoroughly evaluate your elbow, including your range of motion and the cause of your pain. He or she will also take a detailed health history. You will then begin a customized treatment plan filled with exercises that are designed to improve both strength and range of motion in your elbow. Pain management remains vital throughout physical therapy, and your therapist may offer such pain-relieving treatments as ice, heat, or electrical stimulation.
Remember that physical therapy requires active participation, both in treatment and at home between sessions. The more you put into your therapy, the more you will get out of it.