Elbow Instability (Recurrent and Chronic)

Elbow Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Elbow instability is a looseness in the elbow joint that may cause the joint to catch, pop, or slide out of place during certain arm movements. It most often occurs as a result of an injury, typically an elbow dislocation. This type of injury can damage the bone and ligaments that surround the elbow joint and work to keep it stable.

Nonsurgical treatment options are effective at managing symptoms in most patients with instability. However, competitive athletes who have a complete tearing of the ulnar collateral ligament may require surgery to return to full function.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for elbow instability 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.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/recurrent-and-chronic-elbow-instability: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about elbow instability or to book an appointment, contact Dr James McLean.

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