Elbow complaints

The elbow clinic (department of orthopedics) is for people with elbow complaints of all kinds. These are common complaints that have a major impact on the lives of patients. Most patients can be treated non-operatively with us.

To give every patient the best treatment, we work with an interdisciplinary team at Jan van Goyen Medical Center. In this team, a specialized physiotherapist focuses mainly on non-operative treatment and orthopedic surgeon Michel van den Bekerom especially on surgical treatments.

In practice we see that through this collaboration we can treat patients better at our own level. The treatment for your elbow will follow when we have discussed the various treatment options with you and together we have made a decision that suits your personal situation.

Treatment at Medical Center Jan van Goyen

Short waiting times. We will help you quickly;
You always meet the same doctor. He or she will create a personal, tailor-made treatment plan for you;
We are a subsidiary of OLVG. Our doctors work closely with the doctors in OLVG. This way we can offer you care at the highest level.

The treatment of elbow complaints

The best treatment starts with the best start and therefore the correct diagnosis. Our interdisciplinary team is highly experienced in the evaluation of elbow disorders. It may be that, provided this is organizationally feasible, another member of the team is asked to further coordinate treatment. If you are seen by the physician assistant and surgery appears to be the best treatment, the orthopedic surgeon will be involved.

Diagnosis and treatment process

Good elbow care requires a good diagnosis and a concrete evaluative treatment process in which the treatment goals and treatment agreements are determined together with you. We have an extensive network of professionals who deal with elbow complaints.

What are the complaints for which you are referred to the elbow clinic?

You can be referred to our elbow clinic for various complaints. Some examples of this are:

Instability of the elbow

Instability is a condition in which the bones of the elbow joint do not stay firmly in place, causing the elbow to easily shift or dislocate. Instability of the elbow can result from injury to the ligaments, muscles, or bones that stabilize the joint.

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Symptoms of elbow instability include:

  • Pain, especially when moving or straining the elbow;
  • The elbow feels unstable;
  • Limited freedom of movement or even stiffness;
  • A cracking sound or a feeling of 'sliding' in the joint.

After the diagnosis, the orthopedist will tell you exactly which treatment offers the best solution in your situation. At Medical Center Jan van Goyen, waiting times are generally very short. We will help you quickly; even when the instability needs to be treated surgically.

Final complaints

If the elbow 'locks', there is a sudden limitation in bending or extension. Normal movement is now limited or even impossible. Lock complaints in the elbow can be accompanied by pain and a feeling of blockage or compression in the joint. The most common cause of lock complaints is a loose piece of cartilage or bone.

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Symptoms of lock complaints in the elbow are:

  • Sudden pain with elbow movement;
  • The feeling that the elbow is locked;
  • Difficulty straightening or bending the elbow;
  • Swelling or stiffness around the joint;
  • An audible or palpable clicking sound when the elbow moves.


Osteoarthritis is degenerative wear and tear of the cartilage in the elbow. Osteoarthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness and reduced function of the elbow. Osteoarthritis usually only develops at a later age.

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Osteoarthritis is a common cause of elbow complaints later in life. If your GP suspects that you have osteoarthritis, he or she will refer you. The orthopedist will then examine you and draw up a tailor-made treatment plan for you.

Pain in the elbow

Elbow pain is usually due to overuse. Pain can occur due to excessive use of or pressure on the elbow joint. Do you have a job where you repeatedly make the same movements with your hand, wrist or arms? Then you may suffer from elbow complaints. Athletes can also suffer from pain in their elbow due to overuse.

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is a condition caused by overuse of the tendons on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow is often caused by repetitive wrist and arm movements. The name may suggest that only tennis players get this condition, but that is not true; Anyone can get tennis elbow from doing the same movements repeatedly.

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If your GP suspects that you have tennis elbow, there is a good chance that you will be referred to the orthopedics outpatient clinic.

Other complaints

The above complaints are common complaints, but we can also assist you with other complaints. Consider, for example, a sports injury or golfer's elbow. You have also come to the right place for keyhole surgery on the elbow (arthroscopy).

Our team of medical specialists is happy to help you get rid of your complaints.

Orthopedics treatments at Jan van Goyen Medical Center

Do you experience elbow complaints?

Our team of orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists are happy to help you relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Treatment in our medical center has several advantages.

✓ Short waiting times

On average, you can contact us for your first consultation within 1 week. We believe it is important that you do not suffer from complaints for an unnecessarily long time. We therefore do our best to ensure that your first consultation takes place as quickly as possible. You can then also contact us for treatment at very short notice.

✓ Close collaboration with OLVG

Our doctors work closely with OLVG doctors, because we are a subsidiary of OLVG. This collaboration allows us to always offer you care at the highest level.

✓ You always see the same doctor

We strive to have every appointment with the same doctor. He or she will create a personal treatment plan tailored to you.

✓ Reimbursed by your health insurer

Jan van Goyen Medical Center collaborates with OLVG and has agreements with almost all health insurers. Most of the treatments we perform are reimbursed by your health insurer. However, we advise you to check with your insurance company in advance whether treatment will be reimbursed. To be eligible for reimbursement, you always need a referral from your doctor or GP.

Book an appointment

If your GP refers you to our medical centre, we will contact you to make an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment yourself via this form. Have your Zorgdomein (ZD) number at hand. You will find this on the letter or confirmation you received from Zorgdomein.

Do you have any questions or requests? Please contact us by telephone at 020 305 58 17.

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