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 ...
Alternative Names Radial head dislocation; Pulled elbow; Dislocated elbow - children; Elbow - nursemaid's; Elbow - pulled; Elbow subluxation; Dislocation - elbow - partial; Dislocation - radial head Symptoms When the injury occurs, the child usually begins crying right away and refuses to use the arm because of elbow pain. The child may hold the arm slightly bent (flexed) at the elbow and pressed up against the belly (abdominal) area. The child will move the shoulder, but not the elbow. Some children stop crying as the first pain goes away, but continue to refuse to move the elbow. Signs and tests The health care provider will examine the child. The child will be unable to rotate the arm at the elbow so that the palm is up and will have trouble bending (flexing) the elbow all the way.
It's still true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The prevention and early treatment of arthrofibrosis is a good example. Arthrofibrosis is scar tissue in a joint that keeps it from moving. It occurs most often in the knee after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs. Arthrofibrosis is difficult to treat. This means that early recognition of the problem is important. Modern rehabilitation techniques for arthrofibrosis are the topic of this report. Doctors, athletic trainers, and physical therapists present the most up-to-date approach to this condition. First, how do we prevent arthrofibrosis? The authors say don't do surgery when the knee doesn't have full motion, use good surgical technique, and start early with a rehab program. The next step is to catch problems early on. Doctors should watch for loss of motion after surgery. Again, early rehab is the key. Physical therapists assess the entire knee. This includes movement of the kneecap (patella), the patellar te...
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