Elbow Injuries & Conditions

Elbow Arthritis

Elbow Arthritis, similar to wrist arthritis, is typically classified as either rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), or post-traumatic arthritis. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease, where the body attacks its own tissue. OA is a progressive condition, usually resulting from 'wear and tear,' that destroys the smooth articular cartilage.  Post-traumatic arthritis is the result of permanent damage due to trauma where some symptoms can be alleviated by treatment.

 

Elbow Ligament Injuries

Elbow Ligament Injuries are commonly a result of overuse, and are frequently seen in athletes. They are most often seen in overhead and throwing sports. They are also seen after trauma to the elbow.

 

Elbow Fractures

There are a variety of Elbow Fractures, but the most common fractures affect the bony portion at the outside of the elbow.  These are referred to as Olecranon Fractures, and generally occur as the result of a direct impact from a fall or blow to the elbow. A radial head fracture is another common fracture seen in the elbow. 

 

Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common overuse condition affecting the muscles and tendons of the forearm, where they attach at the outside (lateral) of the elbow. 

 

Golfer’s Elbow is also a common overuse condition, but affects the muscles and tendons on the inside (medial) portion of the elbow and forearm.