Posterior Impingement of the Elbow

What is posterior impingement of the elbow?

Posterior impingement of the elbow is a condition caused by overuse and repetitive forced extensions of the elbow. During these activities, the olecranon tip is repeatedly jammed into the fossa at the back of the elbow, which results in inflammation of the joint lining (synovium). This can eventually lead to injury of the cartilage and bone.

Posterior impingement of the elbow is often treatable with non-operative management. A rehabilitation programme to improve strength, flexibility and elbow range of motion may be helpful, and steroid Injections into the back of the elbow are often useful to reduce the inflammation and swelling. When non-operative measures fail or if there is locking and catching due to loose bone fragments within the joint and spurs, surgery may be required.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for posterior impingement of the elbow and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide. 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.

To find out more about posterior impingement of the elbow or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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