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Elbow Arthritis


Like other joints, the elbow is susceptible to developing arthritis. Arthritis is a painful, progressive condition in which the cushioning cartilage that prevents joint-on-joint contact wears away. Read on to learn more about symptom relief and treatment options.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related cartilage degeneration
  • Inflammatory disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Prior injury, infection or fracture
  • Wear-and-tear

Signs & Symptoms

  • Decreased, limited or restricted range of motion
  • Grating or grinding noise
  • Locking sensation
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling (thumb and fingers)

Tips & Treatment

  • Early arthritis is usually treated non-surgically and for the purpose of reducing symptoms.
  • Symptom-relieving treatment may include anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections, physical therapy and/or activity modification.
  • In moderate to severe cases, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be required to remove degenerative tissue or fragments, and to smooth irregular surfaces.
  • Joint replacement is only required when the surface of the joint is worn completely away.

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