Elbow joint is one of the most important joints in our body that helps us perform various forearm movements. This joint connects the arm to the forearm and assists in its smooth motion. Certain injuries or conditions can affect the movement of this joint while making it difficult for the affected person to perform even simple tasks.
Sometimes, the injury to the elbow joint is severe enough that surgery is required for the treatment. The surgery might require the use of different types of orthopedic implants like olecranon plates and Radial Head Prosthesis Implants.
Any injury or condition occurring in the elbow joint could be painful, and there might be multiple reasons for that. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the elbow disorders that might cause intense elbow pain.
Different Types of Elbow Disorders or Injuries
Fracture or Dislocation
One of the most common causes of elbow pain could be a fracture or dislocation. A fracture is when a bone forming the elbow joint breaks whereas, in dislocation, the entire bone slips out of its place. Both conditions could be serious and cause intense pain in the elbow joint while restricting its movement. Trauma in most cases is likely to arise such problems.
When the inner tendons of the elbow joint get affected, the condition is known as medial epicondylitis. Repetitive movement of the joint for a long time is the common cause of this condition. Medial epicondylitis is also known as a golfer’s elbow. People suffering from this condition may also experience pain while moving their wrists.
This is when the tendons present on the outside part of the elbow joint are affected. Repetitive movement of the elbow is also the reason for the development of lateral epicondylitis. Some of the professionals who are more prone to developing this condition include:
Olecranon is the pointy bone present in our elbow and bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect our joints. So, when bursae present in the elbow joint get inflamed, olecranon bursitis is the condition that occurs. This is a painful condition that is also characterized by swelling. It may arise due to a direct blow to the elbow joint, infection, or arthritis.
Cartilage is affected by osteoarthritis. Cartilage is a type of connective tissue in our joints and osteoarthritis results in wear & tear in the cartilage. This makes our joints weak and susceptible to easy injuries. Elbow osteoarthritis may occur due to an injury in the elbow joint. This is a painful condition that may also make it difficult to bend the elbow. A few other symptoms associated with elbow OA may include swelling and locking sensation in the elbow.
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