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The elbow, hand, and wrist doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic deliver the specialized care Alaskans need to stay strong with offices located in AnchorageEagle River, and South Anchorage, Alaska.

When you have intense or persistent pain in your elbow, it can be challenging for you to exercise, go to work, or carry out normal tasks. Even minor pain in your elbow joint or forearm muscles can be a sign of something serious.

Our elbow specialists are ready to provide you with an accurate diagnosis for your elbow condition and administer the treatments you need to recover. Additionally, our sports medicine doctors provide world-class orthopedic care for sports-related upper-extremity injuries, like tennis elbow, and understand the needs of active patients. Whatever surgery or nonsurgical elbow care you need, our doctors and surgeons have the expertise to help you.

To diagnose the source of your discomfort and recommend treatment options, your doctor may perform an examination or take X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Potential treatments include surgical or nonsurgical solutions, from splinting to advanced surgeries using minimally invasive surgical techniques, like arthroscopy.

Our specialists treat patients dealing with a number of elbow injuries and conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Elbow instability
  • Fractures
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) 
  • Inflammation of the biceps tendon
  • Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow
  • Pinched nerve or nerves
  • Radial tunnel syndrome
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Torn or damaged ligaments or tendons
  • Ulnar collateral ligament damage

Our specialists' goal is always to get our patients back to functionality, using conservative means whenever possible, which may include medication, physical therapy, or elbow and forearm bracing.

When surgery is necessary, our surgeons strive to use the latest surgical techniques and minimally invasive surgery. Elbow surgery comes in different forms, including Tommy John surgery, arthroscopic procedures, and ulnar nerve transposition. Our elbow surgeons can work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plan customized for your needs.

When You Should Seek Treatment From an Elbow Doctor

Many patients find themselves wondering how necessary it is to see a doctor over their elbow pain. We recommend seeking an elbow care specialist if:

  • You have elbow pain that prevents you from carrying out daily tasks.
  • Your elbow pain lasts longer than a couple of days.
  • Your elbow pain keeps you from sleeping at night.
  • Home remedies, like ice and heat, only make your elbow feel worse.
  • You have pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates to your forearm, wrist, or shoulder.
  • Your elbow pain started following a traumatic injury, like a car accident or a sports accident.

Our elbow doctors are all certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and have extensive experience in the specialized treatment of injuries and conditions of the elbow to provide the care you need. Call 907.563.3145 or request an appointment online today to be seen by one of our elbow specialists in Anchorage or Eagle River.

For urgent elbow injuries and other musculoskeletal needs, we offer our Walk-In Clinic.

  • Anchorage: Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Eagle River: Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • South Anchorage: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Defining Alaskan Orthopedics at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

As part of our world-class team of orthopedic surgeons and doctors, our specialty-trained elbow doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in sports medicine and the elbow to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our elbow specialists, Dr. M. Patricia FoxDr. John Lapkass, and Dr. Kurt Mentzer, have the expertise to treat your injury or condition according to your individual needs and goals.

Whatever elbow problem you're experiencing, our specialty-trained doctors will help you regain your strength and function. To consult with one of our elbow surgeons in Anchorage or Eagle River, request an appointment online or call 907.563.3145.

Meet Our Elbow Doctors