Elbow Doctor At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center
The elbow doctors at North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of elbow conditions and injuries. As a complex hinge joint, your elbow is essential for performing daily activities and allows for the intricate movements of your forearm, wrist, and hand. When elbow problems occur, they can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing tasks, impacting your quality of life. Our experienced orthopedic elbow surgeons and non-surgical specialists use advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment options to help you find relief from elbow pain and restore your elbow function. Whether you're dealing with a sports-related injury, arthritis, or a complex elbow condition, our team is dedicated to providing you with exceptional care.


Signs You Need an Elbow Doctor's Strength of Experience
Elbow conditions can result from various factors, including injury, overuse, aging, and underlying health issues. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have an elbow injury or condition:
  • Elbow instability
  • Elbow joint pain
  • Pins-and-needles sensations
  • Shoulder pain in addition to elbow pain
  • Swelling, including swelling of your tendons
  • Weakness or pain along the muscles and tendons on the outside of your elbow
  • Wrist pain in addition to elbow pain
Elbow pain, as well as any of the above symptoms, can make daily activities challenging as well as impact your life. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms for more than a few days or if your elbow pain worsens, you should schedule an appointment with a surgeon or doctor specializing in the elbow. The surgeon or doctor may diagnose you with one of the following injuries or conditions:
  • A type of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis
  • Nerve injury, such as ulnar nerve compression
  • Sports-related injury
  • Sprain
  • Tendon or ligament injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis

Our Elbow Doctors

Kristen E. Fleager

, M.D.

Steven R. Niedermeier

, M.D.

Pat A. Peters

, M.D.

Casey R. Stuhlman

, M.D.

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Our Elbow Center Can Help You
At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options for elbow conditions, tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our elbow doctors always prioritize conservative, non-surgical treatments when possible, but are also highly skilled in performing advanced surgical procedures when necessary. Treatment options may include:
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises
  • Bracing and splinting
  • Medications for pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine therapies (platelet-rich plasma, stem cell injections)
  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery
  • Elbow arthroscopy for loose body removal or debridement
  • Ulnar nerve decompression or transposition
  • Tennis elbow or golfer's elbow repair
  • Elbow fracture repair
  • Elbow replacement surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I see an elbow doctor?

    If you experience persistent elbow pain, swelling, stiffness, weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving your elbow, it's important to consult with an elbow doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Additionally, if you suffer an elbow injury or trauma, such as a direct blow to the elbow or a popping sensation followed by pain and swelling, seek medical attention promptly.

  • What is the difference between tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

    Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, involves pain and inflammation on the outer side of the elbow, typically due to overuse or repetitive stress on the forearm muscles and tendons. Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis, affects the inner side of the elbow and is caused by similar factors, often related to gripping or wrist flexion activities.

  • How can I prevent elbow problems?

    To help prevent elbow problems, use proper techniques and equipment when playing sports or performing repetitive tasks, take breaks and stretch regularly, maintain good posture, and strengthen the muscles around your elbow through exercises. If you have underlying health conditions that affect your elbows, work closely with your healthcare provider to manage these conditions and reduce your risk of elbow issues.

  • What is elbow arthroscopy?

    Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small camera (arthroscope) and specialized instruments inserted through tiny incisions to diagnose and treat various elbow conditions. This approach offers several benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including less pain, smaller scars, and faster recovery times.

  • How long does it take to recover from elbow surgery?

    Recovery time after elbow surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Minor arthroscopic procedures may require a few weeks of recovery, while more complex surgeries, such as elbow fracture repair or total elbow replacement, may take several months. Your elbow doctor will provide a personalized recovery timeline and guide you through the post-operative care process, which may include physical therapy, to ensure optimal healing and results.