Dr. Raskin has over twenty years of experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of elbow conditions. His surgical expertise has transformed the lives of patients who have found their lifestyles compromised by problems such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ﬁ’actures, tendon ruptures and more.
Here are just a few of the conditions that he treats for patients suffering from elbow conditions.
Tennis elbow / Golfer’s elbow (Tendonitis)
Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis or golfer ’s elbow is a painful condition that is normally caused by prolonged use. It is characterized by inﬂammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, doesn’t only affect athletes and sports people. Plumbers, painters, carpenters and people with other vocations that require repeated and vigorous use of the forearm muscle are also at increased risk of developing the condition.
As many as 90% of patients have success with non-surgical treatments, which may include NSAID medications, steroid injections and physical therapy.
However, if your symptoms do not improve after six to twelve months, surgical intervention may be necessary. This normally involves removing the damaged muscle and reattaching the healthy muscle to the bone.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar nerve entrapment)
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition whereby the ulnar nerve, which travels from your neck into your hand, becomes compressed or irritated behind the inside part of the elbow. This can cause tingling, numbness and loss of function. You are more likely to develop cubital tunnel syndrome if you have had a prior fracture or dislocation of the elbow, suffer from arthritis, or undertake repetitive and prolonged activities that require the elbow to be bent.
Non-surgical treatments usually come in the form of NSAID medications and nerve gliding exercises, which help to prevent stiffness in the arm and wrist. However, it may be necessary to have surgery, which takes the pressure off of the nerve and alleviate the symptoms.