There are two types of arthritis that affect the elbow; Osteoarthritis (OA) caused by ageing, overuse or injury and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) which is a disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common cause of arthritis in the elbow.
Ageing and overuse of the elbow can lead to the cartilage wearing away within the joint. This leads to the bones rubbing together and causing arthritic pain. With rheumatoid arthritis it is the soft tissue, including the ligaments of the elbow joint which become inflamed, causing painful, swollen, and stiff joints that become more and more degenerated over time. A previous elbow injury can also cause arthritis, as the previous injury can cause long lasting damage to the bone, cartilage, and soft tissues within the elbow.
The symptoms of elbow arthritis include pain either when bending or straightening the elbow, stiffness and loss of movement in the joint, swelling of the joint, and a grating or locking feeling within the elbow. Some people experience numbness or tingling in their ring and small fingers. This is due to pressure from swelling being placed on the ulna nerve that runs alongside the elbow joint.
The majority of treatment for elbow arthritis involves non-surgical treatment. Pain management includes use of anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy including application of hot and cold packs and gentle exercise, and reducing the activities and actions that causes pain. Steroid injections may be given into the joint to alleviate pain.
Surgical treatment can involve arthroscopic removal of any damaged tissue in the joint, and occasionally Mr. Durrant may also remove a portion of bone in order relieve pressure within the joint. If the joint has deteriorated significantly, then an arthroplasty may be the only treatment option. An arthroplasty involves removing the diseased joint and replacing it with a prosthetic joint.
If you are suffering from elbow joint pain, Mr. Adam Durrant will be able to offer an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan suitable for your elbow arthritis. Whether a surgical or non-surgical treatment plan is required, Mr. Durrant will ensure you will receive the highest quality care in order to treat and manage your elbow pain and discomfort.
Please contact Mr. Adam Durrants office for more information on arthritis of the elbow or for additional resources on other elbow related injuries.