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Elbow Treatment

Dr. Peter Howard is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, with an area of interest in elbow treatments and surgery including elbow arthroscopy. Elbow disorders are highly common in active adults, from tennis players to gym rats. Golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, bursitis and tendonitis, and fractures and ruptures are among the pain inducing conditions that can be debilitating for athletes and active people. 

Dr. Howard will first diagnose the issue carefully, by listening to his patients, inspecting the upper arm and elbow, and potentially using diagnostic tests such as X Rays, MRIs, and scans. His recommendations will involve the least invasive treatments first, including therapy, PRP injections, movement changes. He will work hand in hand with your physical therapists to insure the treatment plan is effective.

Only when necessary will surgery be recommended, and then he utilizes many minimally invasive procedures.  Elbow arthroscopy, which is one of Dr. Howard’s areas of expertise, utilizes tiny instruments and a video camera for minimally disruptive repair of many elbow injuries. Bicep, tendon, and Tommy John repair are other treatments that can be performed with minimally invasive options.  Dr. Howard will advise you, allowing you to remain in complete control of your decision to move forward with surgery, and will care for you throughout the process including during recovery.

Dr. Howard and his staff stay up to date on the latest developments in research for treating elbow pain. With offices in Palm Harbor and New Port Richey, he serves patients throughout Pinellas and Pasco counties, including Clearwater, Largo, St Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, and Hudson.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Olecranon Fractures
  • Bicep tendonitis and rupture
  • Tommy John ligament rupture
  • Posterolateral Radial Head Instability
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis
  • Osteochondritis dissecans

Some treatments and procedures that Dr. Howard may employ are:

Physical Therapy

Bioligic Treatments

BMAC, PRP injections, Corticosteroid injections, Hyaluronic Acid

Tennis Elbow treatments

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)  is commonly treated with exercise programs, cortisone injections, or platelet rich plasma injections, all of which are very successful at treating tennis elbow

Golfer’s Elbow treatments

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)  is commonly treated with exercise programs, cortisone injections, or platelet rich plasma injections, all of which are very successful at treating tennis elbow

Tommy John injury reconstruction

The inside ligament of the elbow is repaired or reconstructed in pitchers or other throwing athletes after a throwing injury

Ulnar nerve decompression

Commonly performed after a patient experiences numbness and tingling in the elbow and hand, freeing up the nerve from any compression

Elbow arthroscopy

Microscopic cameras are placed into the joint to view and fix cartilage or ligament problems.

Elbow fracture treatment

Plate and screws are used to repair a break or fracture of the humerus (arm) bone, radius or ulna (forearm) bones.

Distal bicep repair

Minimally invasive surgery is performed to repair the bicep tendon where it attaches to the forearm.

Bicep and Tricep Repair