Treatment for Frozen Elbow
There are several treatment options for people experiencing stiff elbow. The goal in treatment is to provide the patient with a pain-free, functional and stable elbow. This means gaining flexion and range of motion. Physical therapy is usually the best course of treatment. Working with a physical therapist, the patient will perform exercises and strengthening techniques to gain flexion, control and motion. Rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and splinting may also be used to help treat the condition.
Elbow surgeries are recommended when other frozen elbow treatment alternatives are no longer working. Elbow arthroscopic surgery is usually the best option. During this procedure, Dr. Millett will make several small incisions and insert an arthroscope into the elbow joint. This will allow him to identify loose bodies, fragments and damaged cartilage. Recovery is usually about 3 months. See Arthroscopic Elbow surgery for more details on this procedure.
For additional resources on stiff elbow, or to discuss your treatment options for frozen elbow, please contact the office of Dr. Peter Millett.