Orthopaedic Specialties

Elbow / Arm

The amount of activity that the elbow joints and arms experiences in day-to-day and sports activities make them vulnerable to injury and overstress. 

The arms and elbow also contain a large number of tendons and nerves, which can be damaged from overuse or forceful impact. Tennis or golfer’s elbow is a common injury which results from overuse or repetitive stress to tendons of the elbow.

Over time, arthritis may also occur in the elbow, through wear and tear or because of a prior injury. Treatment may involve non-surgical or surgical procedures, depending on how progressed the arthritis is.

A common injury to the arm is a bone fracture that results from forceful impact such as a fall or blow from a person or object. Forearm bones can break in several ways. In some cases, the bone will break so that bone fragments stick out through the skin or a cut penetrates down to the broken bone. This is an open fracture and typically requires surgery to treat because of the risk of infection and other complications.

Falling on an outstretched hand or being in a car crash or involved in a violent struggle can break your arm. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

ASOS supports the family doctor–patient relationship. If you have any symptoms that might require treatment, consult your GP, who will refer you to an appropriate orthopaedic specialist.