Stiff Elbow Treatments Flagstaff AZ

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Roman T. Lewicky, MD
(928) 774-7757
1485 N. Tourquoise Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ
Business
Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, LTD.
Specialties
Orthopedics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Blue CrossUnited Healthcare
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Flagstaff Medical Center
Residency Training: Northwestern University Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery 1975
Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, 1968
Additional Information
Member Organizations: ABOS AAOS AANA ArMA
Awards: Arizona Sports Medicine Doctor of the Year, 1982.
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Ukrainian,Polish

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James M Glover, MD
(928) 774-7757
1485 N Turquoise Dr Ste 200
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Jackson-Madison Cnty Gen Hosp, Jackson, Tn; Methodist Le Bonheur Health Ca, Jackson, Tn
Group Practice: West Tennessee Orthopedics

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Roman T Lewicky
(928) 774-7757
1485 N Turquoise Dr
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Bourck Dewey Cashmore, MD
(928) 774-7757
1485 N Turquoise Dr Ste 200
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1992

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Yuri Lewicky
(928) 774-7757
1485 N Turquoise Dr
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Paul Kingsley Forberg, MD
(928) 527-0904
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1967

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Joel Thomas Rohrbough, MD
(928) 774-7757
77 W Forest Ave Ste 302
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1992

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Yuri M. Lewicky, MD
(928) 774-7757
1485 N. Turquoise Drive 
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon
Gender
Sports Medicine Doctor, shoulder, knee injuries

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Nathaniel James Stewart, MD
(608) 791-9876
1200 N Beaver St
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1992

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Michael T Mc Laughlin, DDS
(928) 779-4568
940 N Switzer Canyon Dr Ste 201
Flagstaff, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Treatment Options for Stiff Elbow

When someone develops a stiff elbow that's stiff enough to interfere with range-of-motion and functioning, treatment is usually needed. Some people may not bother seeing a doctor because elbows often don't have to have full range of motion to be used effectively. Most activities require the elbow to bend between 30 degrees and 130 degrees - neither full bend or full extension usually. However, depending on the activities you do, you may need the full extension or flexion (bending).

The elbow has three distinct sections called the single synovial capsule, the ulnotrochlear joint, and the proximal radioulnar joint. These are what allow the elbow to make the movements it can.

When an elbow is stiff, it could be caused by any one of a number of reasons that are intrinsic or extrinsic (from inside or outside forces). Extrinsic factors can include contractures (tightening of the tissues that normally allow your to open and close your elbow angle, by issues with the bones, such as bones not healing after a fracture, (nonunion), or even the skin that can scar badly after a burn, for example, causing the elbow to contract. Intrinsic causes include illnesses like arthritis or something internal that changes the structure of the joint.

A stiff elbow isn't necessarily painful, but if there is pain, when it occurs is an important clue to determining why it's stiff. For example, if the pain is only present when the elbow is actually bending, this may tell the doctor that the problem is an intrinsic one. The doctor will need to know information such as the patient's general health, if there was any trauma at all, even the slightest one can be significant if the patient has an illness such as diabetes.

X-rays will help see if there is any damage to the joint and stress x-rays may help the doctor see if the elbow is stable and a CT scan (computed tomography imaging) may also be helpful. Occasionally, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging scan) will be done to check for soft tissue damage that can't be seen on an x-ray. Another issue doctors must check in to is infection. This is a possibility of the elbow is quite painful, even at rest.

Treatment of a stiff elbow depends on what the cause is. If a patient has osteoarthritis of the elbow, the so-called wear-and-tear arthritis, the doctor knows that the joint is still intact and can work with that. On the other hand, if the cause is due to pieces of bone breaking off and lodging in the joint, surgery will be needed to remove those pieces. Surgery may also be needed to release contractures or to remove tissue that may be pressing on the ulnar nerve, the nerve that passes down through the elbow.

If it's decided that a nonsurgical approach will be taken, one study, done by Doornberg and colleagues, found that progressive splinting of the elbow helped increase the elbow's ability to bend, but the trick seemed to be that the splinting had to be done as soon as possible after the splin...

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