Elbow

Elbow injuries can be painful and prevent you from doing what you enjoy. Learn how we help patients restore active lifestyles.
Atlantic Orthopaedic Group provides patients comprehensive education and exceptional care through the combined knowledge, experience, and expertise of our specialty-trained arm and elbow phsicians. If you have pain in your arm or elbow, consult with our healthcare providers by scheduling an appointment today.

Specialty-trained to treat conditions of the arm and elbow

Dr. John Hermansdorfer specializes in orthopaedic surgery which includes upper extremity surgery with a focus on injuries to the arm and elbow. He performs arthroscopic treatment of elbow injuries whenever warranted.

Dr. John Hermansdorfer

Specializes in treatment of the elbow and arm
Our Mission
Atlantic Orthopaedic Group is committed to excellence in all that we do. Our goal is to exceed patients’ expectations by providing clinical and support services that stand out as a premiere example in the community and provide optimal outcomes to each patient we serve.
Physician Assistants
Margaret Avilla, PA-C
David Harris, PA-C
Contact info
Fax Number
321-953-1893
Phone
321-768-9914
Professional Affiliations
The Florida Medical Association
Indianapolis Hand Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Florida Orthopaedic Society
University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association.

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Arm and Elbow Treatments

Using an elbow or hand the same way over and over or with poor technique can cause epicondylitis. This is inflammation or a tiny tear in the muscle or tendon on either side of the elbow.
Falling on your elbow or hitting it on something hard may crack or break a bone. Your elbow can then swell and hurt, making it hard to move your arm.
A fluid-filled sac called the bursa cushions the tip of your elbow. Banging the tip hard or using the elbow too much can make the bursa swell and hurt.
Your “funny bone” is actually a nerve that runs through your elbow. If this nerve gets irritated, your elbow may ache or your little finger and ring finger may feel tingly or numb. Learn more.

Epicondylitis

Using an elbow or hand the same way over and over or with poor technique can cause epicondylitis. This is inflammation or a tiny tear in the muscle or tendon on either side of the elbow. It can cause pain, making it hard to grip things, to turn your hand, or to swing your arm. Many athletes experience this problem, so it is often called tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. But most cases are not due to sports.

Epicondylitis is the most common type of elbow problem. Conservative treatments such as rest, ice, medications and motion exercises may relieve the problem. If those steps do not alleviate the problem further treatment may include cortisone injection, physical therapy, splinting or surgery.
If you have this pain and would like to be seen by our staff, please schedule an appointment today.
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Fractures

Falling on your elbow or hitting it on something hard may crack or break a bone. Your elbow can then swell and hurt, making it hard to move your arm.
If you suspect you might have fractured your elbow, get medical attention as soon as you can. Some fractures require surgery to fix, others don’t.
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Bursitis

A fluid-filled sac called the bursa cushions the tip of your elbow. Banging the tip hard or using the elbow too much can make the bursa swell and hurt. This is called bursitis, which means inflammation of the bursa. The bursa may respond to injury by filling with too much fluid. Left untreated, that excess fluid may become infected.

Treatment can include:
  • Inject the bursa with cortisone to help relieve inflammation.
  • Prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Have you wear an elbow wrap or splint.
  • Remove (aspirate) the excess fluid.
If you are experiencing pain with Bursitis, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Your “funny bone” is actually a nerve that runs through your elbow. If this nerve gets irritated, your elbow may ache or your little finger and ring finger may feel tingly or numb. Irritation can be caused by overuse of the elbow, leaning too hard on it, or hitting it on something. Swelling caused by some other problem can also irritate the nerve.

Treatments may include wearing a splint at night to keep the elbow straight, cortisone injection to reduce inflammation, or surgery to reduce pressure on the nerve.
Diagnosing the problem
Your healthcare provider will examine your elbow and ask questions about your injury. One or more of the following diagnostic tests may be ordered to determine the exact nature of your problem.

  • An x-ray to show damage to the bones.
  • A CT scan shows damage to the bones and soft tissue.
  • An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) shows damage to the soft tissues.
  • A nerve conduction study (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) measure how well your elbow’s nerves and muscles work.
  • Aspiration is the process of taking fluid out of your elbow. This may be done to check the fluid or as a treatment.
  • Arthroscopy is a kind of surgery that lets a doctor see inside your elbow with a small camera. It may be used to diagnose the problem, to treat it, or both.
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