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 & Treatments

  • 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.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.