Any joint can develop osteoarthritis. However, some joints are more prone to it than others. More common joints to develop osteoarthritis include the hips, knees, hands, and spinal joints. The elbow is less commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Of course, elbow pain can still be caused by osteoarthritis--it is just a little lower on the list of possible causes. Other potential causes of elbow pain include:
Ø Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
Ø Medial epicondylitis (Golfer's elbow)
Ø Ligament strain or sprain
Ø Triceps tendonitis
Ø Muscle strain
Ø Osteochondritis dissecans
Ø And this is just part of the list ...
Elbow replacement is surgery to replace the bones of the elbow joint with artificial joint parts ( prosthetics ).
Total elbow arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic elbow replacement
The elbow joint connects two bones:
The humerus in the upper arm
The ulna in the lower arm
The artificial elbow joint has two stems made of high-quality metal. A metal and plastic hinge joins the stems together and allows the artificial joint to bend. Artificial joints come in different sizes to fit different size people.
You may receive general anesthesia before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free during surgery. Some patient may receive regional anesthesia instead. This means, you will be awake, but your arm will be numb so that you will not feel pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to help you relax during the operation.
Your surgeon will make an surgical cut on you...
With apologies to George Gershwin, I thought it might be nice to review with you the importance of the circadian rhythm in rheumatoid arthritis. I am often asked by my patients why they have more pain and stiffness in the morning. After all, I never ask about "evening stiffness." It's always morning stiffness on my mind when I ask a patient how he or she is doing. It appears that this is related to the circadian rhythm, which refers to the 24-hour biological cycles we all have, and which includes variations in hormone and nervous system activity. These variations in turn have a significant impact on disease, and thus the types of complaints a patient might have in the course of a day. In past blogs I have written about the anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drugs such as Enbrel , Humira and Remicade . And I have written about the anti-interleukin (IL)-6 drug Actemra . TNF and IL-6 are biochemicals which cause inflammation that leads to rheumatoid a...
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