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What is Elbow Osteoarthritis?

Description of the disease

Elbow osteoarthritis is a chronic condition characterized by damage to the joint's cartilage and the formation of osteophytes. This leads to pain, limited mobility, and disruption of the elbow's normal functions.


  • Elbow osteoarthritis can be primary or secondary, depending on the causes of its onset.


  • Pain in the elbow joint
  • Swelling and redness
  • Cracking or grinding during movement
  • Restriction of mobility


Causes of elbow osteoarthritis may include injury, excessive strain, metabolic disorders, and genetic predisposition.


Diagnosis of elbow osteoarthritis involves X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical examination.


Treatment may include physiotherapy, medication, post-operative rehabilitation. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.


  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid excessive strain on the elbow joint
  • Perform regular exercises to strengthen muscles and ligaments


Elbow osteoarthritis is treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.