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Elbow Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment

Arthritis is a disease that results in inflammation in the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that can impact any joint in the body, including the elbow joint. Osteoarthritis is by far the most prevalent type of arthritis that can impact the elbow. If you need elbow arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment in Miami, FL, contact the office of Jonathan L. Glashow, MD.

Inflammation in the elbow joint can restrict the movement of the bones, tendons and ligaments. Elbow arthritis of any type can impact your arm, elbow and hand due to the pressure on the tissues. Gout, lupus, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are some of the possible types of arthritis that can affect the elbow. Osteoarthritis is not overly common in the elbow, but it does occur. This type of arthritis is usually caused by repetitive movement, injuries and genetics, leading to progressive deterioration of the elbow joint.

Symptoms of Elbow Arthritis

All types of arthritis result in inflammation in the joint that can cause mobility issues, pain and deterioration. Genetics play a role in whether you will have arthritis, but anyone can develop arthritis if they have wear and tear from heavy elbow use or injuries to the joint. Symptoms of arthritis can include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Numbness in the outside fingers of the related hand
  • Tingling or numbness around the elbow
  • Clicking or popping in the joint

There is not a cure for arthritis, but treatment for elbow osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis is available. Reducing inflammation and pain management techniques can slow the progression of the disease, improve mobility and reduce pain. Medications, injections, physical therapy and other treatments may be recommended to offer relief from elbow arthritis.

If you have elbow pain accompanied by other symptoms like swelling, stiffness or lost mobility, you may have arthritis. Jonathan L. Glashow, MD and the medical team at his orthopedic surgery and sports injury clinic can provide accurate diagnosis and elbow arthritis and osteoarthritis treatment. Contact our office in Miami, FL, to schedule your consultation and exam.

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