Elbow Pain, Upper Arm Pain and Injuries

Duke is a nationally ranked orthopaedic center with some of the best elbow specialists in the country. Our doctors in Raleigh and Durham have extensive experience treating elbow problems including arthritis, fractures and sports injuries, and are nationally renowned experts in elbow replacement surgery. Our treatment approaches relieve your pain and help you regain your mobility.

Relief for Your Elbow Pain

Whether you are experiencing elbow arthritis or a tendon or ligament injury, our doctors use the most advanced techniques to develop a treatment plan right for you. We diagnose and treat the causes of elbow pain and mobility problems, including elbow instability, golfer elbow, tennis elbow, and cubital tunnel syndrome -- a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve in the elbow is compressed, resulting in numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.

Choose Duke Orthopaedics for your elbow treatment because we offer:  

  • Safer surgeries, easier recoveries. When conservative treatments are not enough to relieve elbow pain, surgery may be recommended. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive approaches so you experience less pain, fewer complications and a speedier recovery.
  • Expert treatment for sports injuries. We are experts in treating sports injuries in the elbow and upper arm including overuse injuries -- like tennis elbow and arthritis -- and traumatic injuries. 
  • 24-hour access. If you need orthopedic care fast due to pain or injury we offer 24-hour access to appointments. In many cases, a orthopaedic provider may see you the same day you call for an appointment. Learn more about obtaining an appointment within the next 24 hours.
  • Orthopaedic urgent care. If you need immediate care for an injury, Duke Orthopaedics Urgent Care offers orthopaedic-specific care at two convenient locations seven days a week. You will experience the convenience of fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to sick people.
  • Highly specialized team of surgeons. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to treating patients with hand, wrist, elbow and upper arm issues. They have trained hundreds of other orthopaedic surgeons who now practice around the country. Because of our expertise, our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Expertise in reattachment. In the case of trauma to the arm, our doctors are leaders in reattaching fingers, hands, wrist and arms that have been severed or severely damaged. We use microsurgical techniques to repair damaged nerves and blood vessels for optimal function and recovery. Many other hospitals do not have reattachment capabilities.
  • Physical therapy that makes a difference. Our physical therapy professionals work to reduce your elbow pain, helping you regain strength and mobility so you can return to your favorite sports and activities.  
  • Coordinated care team. Our orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiologists and orthopaedic nurses work together to ease your pain and restore your function.
  • Leaders in elbow replacement. Our orthopaedic surgeons have helped pioneer elbow replacement surgery. If you are in need of an elbow replacement, our team has access to the latest artificial elbow joints and works with you to find the best one to suit your needs.


The elbow is one of the most complicated joints in the body. Our doctors thoroughly evaluate the source of your pain or immobility to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.


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