Arthritis of the Elbow

Arthritis of the elbow refers to inflammation of the elbow, which causes pain and swelling in the upper limb.

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Is Arthritis of the Elbow?

Arthritis of the elbow refers to inflammation of the elbow. Common causes include gout, autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or psoriasis, and degeneration from old injuries or overuse.

What Are The Symptoms of Elbow Arthritis?

Elbow arthritis is associated with pain and swelling and difficulties using the affected upper limb in one’s daily activities.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For Arthritis of the Elbow?

In early autoimmune cases, medications may be used to reduce the pain, inflammation and swelling. Physiotherapy may also be prescribed to improve elbow function. 

Surgery is often needed in more severe cases. Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery to remove loose bodies remove the inflamed tissues. Additionally, a technique known as microfracture may be recommended to stimulate healing of the cartilage to improve elbow function if there is some remaining cartilage present. 

If the joint is completely worn out, a metal joint will be needed to replace the worn-out joint.