As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained elbow doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat elbow conditions and injuries.

The elbow is a hinge joint that allows for the arm to twist and move in different directions. Elbow injuries can be painful and come in many forms that adversely affect people of all ages and lifestyles. Patients commonly experience overuse injuries, like golfer's elbow or tennis elbow, which are the result of an individual doing a particular action over and over again, such as swinging a golf club. Pain can also occur from arthritis, wear-and-tear issues, or a traumatic injury, such as a fracture. With their specialized knowledge and expertise, elbows doctors can assist patients with elbow pain by providing a diagnosis and offering treatment options in order to alleviate pain and restore function. 

When It's Time to Visit an Elbow Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best elbow care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact an elbow doctor near you:

  • Bump on the elbow joint
  • Pain that radiates down the arm into the wrist and hand
  • Pain that travels from the shoulder down into the elbow 
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Tingling and numbness in the hand
  • Unable to bend or straighten the elbow
  • Weakness in the hand

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps tendon tear
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Elbow dislocation
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Fractures
  • Recurrent and chronic elbow instability
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis

Many elbow problems can be treated through conservative methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If elbow surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex elbow surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our elbow surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, which include:

  • Cubital tunnel release
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Elbow reconstruction surgery
  • Surgery for fracture treatment
  • Tommy John surgery

Our doctors understand that pain in your elbow can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our elbow specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat elbow injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute 

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your elbow pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained and board-certified elbow surgeons, Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., David J. Musgrave, M.D., Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Aaron G. Anderson, M.D., Rebecca B. Anderson, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Michael E. Kralovec, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, which include the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Our elbow doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our elbow surgeons also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced elbow surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.