Houston & Sugar Land Elbow Doctor – Dr. J. Michael Bennett
Call our office at 281-633-8600 for an appointment. In these videos, Elbow Specialist J. Michael Bennett describes elbow anatomy, some of the most common elbow injuries and treatments for those elbow injuries. We have offices in Houston, near the Houston Galleria and in Sugar Land, near First Colony Mall at the corner of Lexington and Sweetwater Boulevards.
Doctor Bennett is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Physician with many years of experience in treating elbow injuries and pathologies including golfers’ elbow, tennis elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome, and other conditions.
Elbow Anatomy, Elbow Injuries, and Treatments
Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
In this video, Elbow Specialist Dr. Bennett talks about the anatomy of the distal biceps tendon and the elbow, and about a distal biceps tendon repair. Injuries of the biceps might occur when you have two different forces acting on the elbow at the same time and you experience elbow pain or popping. With a distal biceps rupture, you may notice a deformity above your elbow, because if the biceps is ruptured, it can retract up towards the shoulder. Compare the biceps of your injured arm with your other arm, and if they’re different you may have a ruptured biceps tendon.
The key with biceps ruptures is to get it evaluated early, because these can be treated surgically relatively easily. If you do not get this taken care of early, the tendon continues to retract and the muscle continues to retract, which makes it very difficult to pull the tendon back down when it is finally repaired by your orthopedic surgeon. If the distal biceps tendon is retracted for a long period of time it may actually turn to scar tissue. If that happens we may have to use a cadaver graft to augment the repair. So distal biceps tendon repair can be much more complex if you wait to get it evaluated — so don’t wait.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
In this video, Elbow Doctor J. Michael Bennett talks about cubital tunnel syndrome. This is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, but it occurs in the elbow instead of the hand, in the region of the elbow you might call your funny bone. If you notice that you have recurrent numbness and tingling, especially in your fourth and fifth digits of your hand, you may have compression of the ulnar nerve.
There are several places where it can get compressed, one being in the wrist and more commonly in the elbow region. That region of the elbow is called the cubital tunnel. Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by sleeping with your arms flexed and your wrists flexed. We call this a praying mantis position.
The video talks about some ways to help keep your arms straight at night while you sleep, including some over-the-counter splints you can use. If you’re experiencing numbness or tingling in your hand, please contact us to schedule an evaluation.
Elbow Popping and Pain
In this video, Elbow Doctor. J. Michael Bennett talks about what to do if you experience pain, bruising or swelling at the elbow. You also might experience a popping or clicking sensation, perhaps like someone slapped your elbow.
The first thing that might’ve happened is that you might have a biceps tendon rupture. If it is a distal biceps rupture, that would be something you’d want to have evaluated early.
You might also have an elbow dislocation, which could disrupt all the ligaments in the elbow. Again, you’d want to be evaluated by orthopedic surgeon.
Another possibility is posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow, and again you’d want to have that evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Something else that could cause a clicking sensation or pain in the elbow is a cartilage flap or loose body. This is most common in children or young adults and it’s called osteochondritis dissecans or OCD. If you have a loose body floating around in the joint, it can cause damage to the cartilage and speed up arthritis. This needs to be diagnosed early to make sure that you don’t have progressive arthritis at an early age. If you’re experiencing elbow pain, swelling, bruising or popping, you should schedule an evaluation with an orthopedic specialist very soon.
Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow Treatments
In this video, Elbow Doctor. J Michael Bennett talks about tennis elbow and golfers elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis. He demonstrates how you can use a counterforce brace to treat tennis elbow and golfers elbow. If you think you might have tennis elbow or golfers elbow, please contact our office for evaluation.
You can schedule an evaluation by clicking the “Book an Appointment” button at the top of the page. You can also call 281-633-8600 in Sugar Land and 713-234-3152 in Houston.