At University Orthopedic Surgeons, we are committed to providing the elbow care patients need to excel. We proudly serve our communities in Knoxville, Sevierville, and the surrounding areas with specialized and compassionate care from our highly trained and skilled doctors, surgeons, and staff. 

An injury to your elbow can make it challenging to carry out everyday work or school functions, work out, or play a sport. Fortunately, with the proper care, it is possible to make a full recovery from an elbow problem. The first step toward recovery is meeting with an elbow specialist, who can diagnose your injury or condition and recommend the best treatment option for you.

While there are a number of potential causes of elbow pain, some elbow disorders and injuries that our doctors treat are more common than others, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocation of the elbow or shoulder
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Torn ligaments
  • Torn or stretched tendons

When you meet with one of our specialty-trained elbow doctors, the specialist will first conduct a thorough physical evaluation to accurately diagnose your injury, like tennis elbow or a fracture, or your chronic condition, such as arthritis. This evaluation may involve X-rays or other forms of imaging. From there, your doctor will recommend a treatment approach that meets your needs, which may or may not include surgery.

But often, this treatment will be nonsurgical. Some of the most common noninvasive ways to treat injuries to the elbow joint include physical therapy, the use of anti-inflammatory medications and injections, or the use of a brace or splint.

For more extreme elbow injuries, like fractures, it may be necessary for you to have elbow surgery. Patients requiring surgery will have various options to consider and will discuss with the doctor which surgical options are best for him or her. 

Visiting a medical doctor is recommended if your elbow injury or condition meets any of the following criteria:

  • You experience elbow pain for a week or more
  • You experience elbow pain when bending or straightening your elbow
  • You experience numbness or tingling in your elbow
  • You have an obvious elbow deformity
  • Your elbow pain makes it difficult for you to sleep or to carry out daily activities
  • Your elbow pain radiates down to your forearm or wrist or up toward your shoulder
  • Your elbow pain worsens despite the use of home remedies

Our elbow doctors understand that pain can keep you from living life to the fullest. To schedule an appointment with one of our elbow specialists, call (865) 546-2663 for our UT Medical Center and Sevierville offices, (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office, or request an appointment online.

Exceptional Care at University Orthopedic Surgeons

Our years of experience and advanced training devoted to the care of orthopedic issues, including those of the elbow, make us who we are, but our compassionate care of our patients is what makes us dedicated to you. Our elbow specialists at University Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Joshua Moss and Dr. Richard Smith, are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating elbow injuries and conditions in a broad range of patients, and they continuously strive to exceed our patients' expectations in the delivery of care.

To consult with a University Orthopedic Surgeons elbow surgeon, please request an appointment online or call (865) 546-2663 for our UT Medical Center and Sevierville offices or (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office.