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Normal Anatomy of the Elbow

How does the Elbow joint work?

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Elbow Arthroscopy

The elbow is the joint that connects the upper arm bone and the forearm bones. Elbow joint helps in movement of the arms forward, backward, as well as to twist the arms inside and outside.

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Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow.

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel release surgery is a surgery to correct the cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome, also called ulnar nerve entrapment, is a condition caused by compression of the ulnar nerve in an area of the elbow known as cubital tunnel. The ulnar nerve travels down the back of the elbow behind a bony bump called medial epicondyle and through a passageway called cubital tunnel.

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Biceps Tendon Repair

The biceps muscle, located in the front of the upper arm allows you to bend the elbow and rotate the arm. Biceps tendons attach the biceps muscle to the bones in the shoulder and in the elbow.

Biceps tear can be complete or partial. Partial biceps tendon tears will not completely break the tendon. But, complete tendon tears will break the tendon into two parts.

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common name for the elbow condition lateral epicondylitis. It is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bony prominence outside the elbow. It is a painful condition resulting from repeated muscle contractions in the forearm that leads to inflammation and microtears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle. The lateral epicondyle is a bony prominence that is felt on the outside of the elbow and the condition is more common in sports individuals playing tennis.

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Epicondylitis is inflammation of the epicondyle, which is a bony prominence at the end of the bone. The epicondyle serves for attachment of ligaments and tendons. There are two types of epicondylitis lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis.

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Loose Bodies

Loose bodies are small loose fragments of cartilage or a bone that float around the joint. The loose bodies can cause pain, swelling, locking and catching of the joint.

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Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are bony projections that are formed on normal bones usually along the edges of the bones or where bones meet each other, in your joints. Common places for bone spurs include shoulders, spine, knees, hands and feet.

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A looseness in the elbow joint that may cause the joint to pop, slip out of place and catch during certain arm movements is known as elbow instability. Elbow instability may result from an injury such as an elbow dislocation.

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Radial Head

Fractures in the head portion of the radius bone are referred to as radial head fractures. In these fractures pain gets worsened with the movement of the forearm.
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Olecranon fractures occur at bony prominence of the ulna.
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The capitellum is a rounded protuberance on the end of the humerus.
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Distal Humerus

Distal humerus fractures are common in children and elderly people. Nerves and arteries in the joint may sometimes be injured in these fractures.
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