Elbow Injuries Specialist

Mohamed A. Saad, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Dearborn, MI

Clicking and popping, pain, and numbness in or around your elbow can be concerning and may prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities, like golfing, playing tennis, or lifting weights. To get relief from your elbow pain, visit Mohamed A. Saad, MD, in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Saad is a precise and dedicated orthopedic surgeon offering care for sports injuries and trauma of the elbow. Schedule an exam today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Elbow Injuries Q & A

Why does my elbow hurt?

Elbow pain can occur from repetitive movements — repeatedly hitting a tennis or golf ball — or trauma to your elbow — falling onto your outstretched arm or banging your elbow against something. Hyperextension injuries are also possible with throwing sports and volleyball. To regain function in your elbow and eliminate the pain associated with your elbow injury, Dr. Saad develops a personalized treatment plan to help you heal.

What are the signs of an elbow injury?

Elbow injuries and pain can vary in intensity depending on the cause and severity of your injury. Possible signs of an elbow injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or decreased range of motion
  • Inability to rotate your elbow inward or outward
  • Redness near the point of your elbow
  • Numbness and tingling in your forearm or hand
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Pain that increases with certain motions

While the elbow is a fairly compact joint, it relies on the precise articulation of the bones of your upper arm and forearm to prevent pain in the joint and muscle strain. If there is any issue with the joint itself or muscle imbalances around the joint, you’re likely to experience popping, clicking, and cracking as well.

What causes elbow pain?

Elbow pain can be caused by:

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Pronator teres syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Bursitis

Small, repetitive movements that involve bending and extending your elbow are the most common cause of elbow injuries, though the elbow is easily susceptible to hyperextension and direct trauma, especially if your elbow is hit while it is fully extended.

How are elbow injuries diagnosed?

Dr. Saad uses orthopedic tests and diagnostic imaging to determine your diagnosis. He may order X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI of your elbow to look for signs of fractures, swelling, and tears to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Based on his findings, he explains your diagnosis and treatment options.

How are elbow injuries treated?

For mild-to-moderate elbow injuries that only involve the soft tissues, physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help significantly. For fractures and soft tissue tears, Dr. Saad may perform arthroscopy or an open surgery to repair the damage to your elbow.

Have your elbow examined by Dr. Saad to find out the cause of your pain — simply schedule a visit online or by phone now to get started.