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Elbow Anatomy

  • The elbow joint is made up of three bones: the humerus bone (upper-arm bone), the ulna (forearm bone on the little finger side), and the radius bone (forearm bone on the thumb side) which provide two types of motion....

Causes of Elbow Pain

  • Elbow pain is sometimes due to arthritis, but in general, most elbow pain results from overuse injuries. Sports or any activities and professions that require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements are more prone to elbow injury. ...

Diagnosis of Elbow Pain

  • Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays to diagnose your elbow pain....

Non-Surgical Elbow Treatment

  • The treatment options covered here relate to osteoarthritis, although many of them may be helpful for patients with other arthritic conditions. Please ask your physician before starting any treatment....

Surgical Elbow Treatment

  • When non-surgical treatments fail to provide adequate relief from the symptoms of arthritis, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend joint replacement. The technique of joint replacement uses implants typically made from polyethylene (plastic) and metal alloy to replace the damaged sections of bone and cartilage in the joint....

Total Elbow Replacement

  • The technique of total elbow replacement removes the damaged bone and cartilage in a joint. The diseased surfaces are replaced with an implant made of metal alloy on one side and polyethylene (plastic) on the other side....

Pre-op and Post-op Guidelines

  • Planning ahead and preparing for your elbow surgery can help ensure a smooth surgery and an easier recovery. The following recommendations can help you with this process....

Caregivers Guide for Elbow

  • As a caregiver, your role is important for helping your friend or loved one recover from joint replacement surgery. When at home, there are a variety of things you need to know for the patient's safety, recovery, and comfort....

Physical Therapy for the Elbow

  • You may be prescribed a number of physical therapy exercises. Physical therapy is simply an exercise program that gently stretches and strengthens specific muscles and joints....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to their most asked questions.

Links to Additional Education

  • Additional links provided to trusted specialist in the field.
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