At the Andrews Institute, our team of pediatric orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists is dedicated to treating conditions that affect children’s normal activities. We provide our young patients with the most advanced, effective diagnostic tests and minimally invasive therapies to treat elbow injuries like instability.
Elbow instability occurs when the elbow joint is loose, allowing it to catch or slide out of place. When an unstable elbow fully slides out of place, it’s called a dislocation.
Often, nonsurgical treatment options such as activity modification and physical therapy will help your child heal. When symptoms worsen, chronic elbow instability may require surgery to repair stretched or torn tendons and ligaments. Our surgeons offer a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach.
We also treat other injuries associated with elbow instability:
Common symptoms of elbow instability include:
Often, our physicians can diagnose elbow instability with a physical examination and a review of your child’s medical history. Tests may also help determine the problem and rule out other conditions such as an elbow dislocation.
Diagnostic tests may include:
The elbow is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons that work together to stabilize the joint.
Common causes for elbow instability include:
Treatment for elbow instability depends on the severity of your child’s injury. Most often, our physicians can use nonsurgical treatments for elbow instability.
Nonsurgical treatments include:
When elbow instability starts to affect your child’s normal activities, we may recommend surgery to repair damaged muscles, tendons or ligaments. If surgery is needed, our surgeons offer a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach.
Elbow instability is quite common in children because of their growing bones and active lifestyles. Children who play sports that involve overhead movement such as baseball, softball and gymnastics are more likely to suffer elbow injuries that cause elbow instability.