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Elbow Problems & Diagnosis

Use the flow diagram below as a guide to work out what may be causing your pain and what we recommend you do about it.

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    Immediate Onset

    Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
    Severe
    (>8/10 Pain)
    Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting ActionTouching or Bending ElbowBack of ElbowDislocated or Broken ElbowSee Emergency Dr & Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Front side of ElbowBiceps Tendon Rupture
    Medial/ inside ElbowBroken Elbow or Strained Ligament
    Lateral/ outside ElbowBroken Elbow or Strained Ligament
    Moderate Severity
    (6-8/10 Pain)
    Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting ActionTouching or Bending ElbowBack of ElbowModerately Bruised ElbowSee your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check
    Front side of ElbowStrained Biceps
    Medial/ inside ElbowBruised Elbow or Ligaments
    Lateral/ outside ElbowBruised Elbow or Ligaments
    Minimal Severity
    (<6/10 Pain)
    Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting ActionTouching or Bending ElbowBack of ElbowMinimally Bruised ElbowSee your Physio
    Front side of ElbowStrained Biceps
    Medial/ inside ElbowBruised Elbow or Ligaments
    Lateral/ outside ElbowBruised Elbow or Ligaments

    Gradual Onset > 6months

    Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
    Severe
    (>8/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ElbowStrong Constant painBack of ElbowSevere Elbow BursitisSee your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Front side of ElbowSevere Elbow Arthritis
    Severe Chronic Injury
    Touching or Bending ElbowMedial/ inside ElbowGolfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
    Nerve entrapment
    Lateral/ outside ElbowTennis Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
    Moderate Severity
    (6-8/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ElbowModerate Present PainBack of ElbowModerate Elbow BursitisSee your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check
    Front side of ElbowModerate Elbow Arthritis
    Moderate Chronic Injury
    Touching or Bending ElbowMedial/ inside ElbowModerate Golfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
    Nerve entrapment
    Lateral/ outside ElbowModerate Tennis Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
    Minimal Severity
    (<6/10 Pain)
    Disease or Repetitive Injury to ElbowMinimally Present PainBack of ElbowMinimal Elbow BursitisSee your Physio
    Front side of ElbowMinimial Elbow Arthritis
    Minimal Chronic Injury
    Touching or Bending ElbowMedial/ inside ElbowMinimal Golfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
    Nerve entrapment
    Lateral/ outside ElbowMinimal Tennis Elbow or Ligament Strain
    Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

    Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

    Dr Manish Gupta is a renowned expert surgeon in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery specialising in Upper Limb including Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist.

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      Overview

      Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
      Severe
      (>8/10 Pain)
      Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and side of shoulderShoulder Dislocation
      Bankart Tear
      Rotator Cuff Tear
      See Emergency Dr & Orthopaedic Surgeon
      Fall onoutstretched armTop of shoulderAC Joint Separation
      Fractured Clavicle
      Rotator Cuff Tear
      Biceps Tear
      Throwing actionMoving arm
      Pulling actionBack of ShoulderShoulder Fracture
      Posterior Shoulder Dislocation
      Moderate Severity
      (6-8/10 Pain)
      Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and sideShoulder Subluxation
      Bankart Tear
      Rotator Cuff Tear
      See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Checkup
      Fall on outstretched armTop of shoulderModerate AC Joint Separation
      SLAP Tear
      Rotator Cuff Tear
      Throwing actionMoving arm
      Pulling actionBack of ShoulderModerate Posterior Subluxation
      Minimal Severity
      (<5/10 Pain)
      Impact or collisionTouching injuryFront and sideShoulder SubluxationSee your Physio
      Fall on outstretched armTop of shoulderMinor AC Joint Separation
      Bicep Impingement
      Rotator Cuff Impingement
      Throwing actionMoving arm
      Pulling actionBack of ShoulderMinor Posterior Subluxation

      Gradual Onset > 6months

      Problem IntensityProblem CausePain whenLocationPreliminary DiagnosisRecommendation
      Severe
      (>8/10 Pain)
      Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderStrong Constant painFront and sideSevere Shoulder Arthritis
      Severe Chronic Shoulder Injury
      Rotator Cuff Impingement
      See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
      When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderAC Joint Arthritis
      Biceps Tendinopathy
      Back of ShoulderSevere Chronic Posterior Subluxation
      Moderate Severity
      (6-8/10 Pain)
      Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderModerately Present PainFront and sideModerate Shoulder Arthritis
      Moderate Chronic Injury or Rotator Cuff Impingement
      See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Checkup
      When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderModerate AC Joint Arthritis
      Biceps Tendinopathy
      Back of ShoulderModerate Chronic Posterior Subluxation
      Minimal Severity
      (<5/10 Pain)
      Disease or Repetitive Injury to ShoulderMinimally Present painFront and sideMinimal Shoulder Arthritis
      Minimal Chronic Injury or Rotator Cuff Impingement
      See your Physio
      When Touching or Moving ShoulderTop of shoulderAC Joint Arthritis
      Minor Biceps Tendinopathy
      Back of ShoulderMinor Chronic Posterior Subluxation
      Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

      Dr Manish Gupta | MBBS FRACS FAOrthoA

      Dr Manish Gupta is a renowned expert surgeon in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery specialising in Upper Limb including Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist.


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        Penrith

        (02) 9687 8344

        reception@mgorthopaedics.com.au

        Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

        One Point Health, 510-536 High Street, Penrith, NSW, 2750

        Bella Vista

        (02) 9687 8344

        Bella Vista, Hospital for Specialist Surgery, Level 1,Suite 1, 17-19 Solent Circuit, Bella Vista, NSW, 2153

        Westmead (Head Office)

        (02) 9687 8344

        Suite E Level 3, 20-22 Mons Road Westmead NSW 2154

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