All joints are susceptible to arthritis and osteoarthritis, including the elbow. Injuries and repetitive wear can cause elbow arthritis, resulting in swelling, pain and joint restriction. Treatment for elbow arthritis and osteoarthritis can relieve inflammation and pain, restoring function. Dr. Steven Struhl is a top orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who offers advanced treatments for elbow arthritis at his clinics in Westchester and New York City.
Arthritis and osteoarthritis are more common in weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. Injuries to joints and continuous wear can lead to osteoarthritis. In the elbow, this is more likely among athletes that put extra stress on the elbow. Athletes using throwing, swinging or overhead arm motions like in tennis, baseball and golf, are prone to elbow arthritis due to higher rates of injuries and elbow joint cartilage wear.
Symptoms of Elbow Arthritis
Elbow arthritis and osteoarthritis can cause pain and restriction of movement. The inflammation in the joint can cause pain and stiffness. Those with elbow arthritis are prone to bone spurs that can cause irritation or become loose bodies in joint. Individuals with elbow arthritis may experience grinding or locking in the joint, impacting function.
Treatment for elbow arthritis and osteoarthritis begins with conservative options. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections can help relieve pain. Physical therapy can also improve function. Minimally invasive treatments help the pain and slow the progression of arthritis, including hyaluronic acid, and other cutting edge treatment modalities. When conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery may be recommended. Elbow arthroscopy may be used to remove loose bodies or bone spurs that cause irritation and restriction in the joint.
If you suffer from elbow arthritis, Dr. Steven Struhl offers cutting-edge treatments for pain relief. Contact our clinic in NYC or Westchester to schedule your consultation for elbow arthritis treatment.