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Anatomy & Background
The elbow joint is the point where the humerus, the radius, and the ulna come together and meet. In the elbow joint, the ends of the bones have a smooth shiny surface called joint articular cartilage. This allows them to slide freely over each other without grinding or causing friction. This articular cartilage can become damaged by arthritis. When it does, the individual will begin to experience pain and discomfort in the joint.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the wearing, degeneration or loss of articular cartilage in a joint. The three most common types of joint arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis typically affects weight bearing joints like the hip and knee, however in some cases it does effect the elbow. Osteoarthritis is a gradual wearing away and degeneration of the joint surfaces. The articular cartilage begins to wear down causing the individual discomfort, stiffness, and pain. Osteoarthritis is most common in people who are middle aged and adults over the age of 50. Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men.
Dr. Freeman, the best injury specialist and pain management doctor in New Jersey observe the common causes of elbow osteoarthritis that include:
- Genetics and your family history
- Ligament damage can affect the stability and integrity of the elbow joint, placing more stress on the joint or articular cartilage.
- Repetitive strain injuries to the elbow can damage and accelerate wear on articular cartilage
- Diseases of the joint cartilage
- Damage from previous traumatic injuries
- Excessive use of steroids or steroid medication may cause degeneration of the joint and cartilage.
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Last updated: Jan 15, 2020 9:41 am