Arthritis (of the Elbow)
What is Arthritis of the elbow?
Osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs when the cartilage surface of the elbow is worn out or is damaged. This can happen because of a previous injury (such as elbow dislocation or fracture), but is most commonly the result of a normal wearing away of the joint cartilage from age and activity.
Osteoarthritis usually affects the weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knee. The elbow is one of the least affected joints because of its well matched joint surfaces and strong stabilizing ligaments. As a result, the elbow joint can tolerate large forces across it without becoming unstable.
Conservative treatments in the form of rest, pain relief medication, and sometimes corticosteroid injections are most often used to treat osteoarthritis of the elbow, but surgical intervention may be considered if the condition is severely developed or not responding to nonsurgical options.
Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for arthritis of the elbow and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.