Gregory Gasbarro, M.D., is a Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland.
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At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, orthopedic surgeons specialize in injuries to the elbow, including ligament tears and muscle tears.
The elbow consists of three ligaments:
An ulnar collateral ligament is the most common elbow ligament tear. The ulnar collateral ligament is located in the elbow’s inner side and can be injured from overuse during overhead activities, such as throwing a baseball or playing tennis.
Tears to the radial collateral ligament and the annular ligament are not as prevalent as an ulnar collateral ligament tear.
Symptoms of an elbow ligament tear include:
An orthopedic specialist will perform a physical exam to diagnose a ligament tear in the elbow. An X-ray, MRI, ultrasound and CT also may be taken to provide a better view of the elbow’s ligaments and location of a tear.
Treatment options for elbow ligament tears include:
Surgery may be the best treatment option when non-surgical options do not provide relieve of ligament tear symptoms. Surgery can consist of repair and reconstruction of the ligament.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by orthopedic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions, including but not limited to bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Mercy Medical Center has been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, placing it among the top shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand hospitals.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.