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Recuperating from Elbow Surgery? What You Should Know

Elbow surgery.

If you are about to have elbow surgery, you may be wondering what to expect afterward. For many patients, the challenge is just beginning the day you arrive home. Recuperation can require a little patience, as well as active and informed involvement in your own recovery. There will likely be rehab and follow-up visits with your surgeon, not to mention alterations to your daily routine. 

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The Latest in Elbow Injury Treatments

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Medical and technological advances are making treating elbow injuries easier and more successful than even. The latest treatments can be done as part of a comprehensive care program with a full spectrum of patient care services through each stage of treatment and recovery.

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What Are the Most Common Elbow Conditions?

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Elbow conditions have a way of sneaking up on you, which may explain why they are so common despite the availability of simple and effective treatments.These ailments are associated with popular sports like golf and tennis, both common culprits of ongoing elbow pain. However, it’s just as possible that an elbow condition will develop as a result of overuse: repetitive lifting, hammering nails, or even keyboard use.  

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What to Know About Elbow Ligament Repair & Reconstruction

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The elbow is a highly complex joint that connects with bones, tendons and cartilage – as well as ligaments that can be susceptible to injury. These are the tough bands of tissue that hold the elbow bones together, and there are several that can be torn due to an accident or overuse of the arm:

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Comprehensive Care for Shoulder & Elbow Conditions

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Most medical facilities take a piecemeal approach to administering health care, extending one’s recovery time, making it difficult to access a full spectrum of treatment, and adding to the stress that patients are already experiencing. 

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Lidocaine or Dry Needling for Pain Management

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If you are suffering from pain points in parts of the body and haven’t had success with other treatments, your doctor might suggest you give dry needling a try. This procedure may sound painful or scary, but that is not necessarily the case. It’s a simple procedure that treats trigger points, which can be associated with chronic myofascial (soft-tissue) pain, oftentimes in athletes. Dry needling can be used in conjunction with physical therapy (PT), as well.  

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