The elbow joint has many moving parts that can be injured or inflamed, causing pain and mobility issues. Tennis elbow, bursitis, tendonitis and other injuries to the elbow joint can restrict arm and hand movement. Epicondylar injections deliver steroids to combat inflammation in the elbow joint for pain relief. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we provide elbow pain treatments with epicondylar injections at our medical center in San Leandro, CA.
The lateral epicondyle of the humerus is a bony bump located on the outside of the elbow at the bottom of the humerus. This area of the elbow contains tendons, nerves and bursa that can be impacted by repetitive elbow movements and injuries. Tennis elbow is a common condition that affects the tendons around the lateral epicondyle, causing tendon inflammation. This can put pressure on the joint components and nerves, resulting in pain, weakness, numbness and other symptoms in the elbow, wrist and hand.
Injections for Elbow Pain Relief
Epicondylar injections deliver a steroid combined with anesthetic directly into the lateral epicondyle area of the elbow joint. This can be used for elbow pain treatment and as a diagnostic tool to identify the source of pain. The anesthetic can provide immediate pain relief, which will wear off within a day. The steroid can reduce inflammation in the tendons, ligaments or bursa, which may begin providing pain reduction in a few days after the treatment.
Epicondylar injections can be performed in a short office visit. There is no need for downtime after the treatment. It is common to have a little tenderness or redness from the injection, but this will dissipate as the steroid begins to work. If the elbow pain returns, the injections can be repeated, if necessary, in 4-6 months. Steroid injections should be limited to 2-3 per year to avoid damage to the muscles or tendons in the area but are safe when only used as needed.
If you have outer elbow pain from tennis elbow, bursitis, tendonitis or injury, you may benefit from epicondylar injections. To learn more about elbow pain injections, contact our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Call our medical clinic in San Leandro, CA, to schedule your elbow pain consultation.