Information About Common Elbow Conditions
Olecranon bursitis is a common cause of swelling and inflammation around the elbow joint. Usually treated by draining the swollen bursa, it is important that olecranon bursitis be evaluated by a physicain.
Medial epicondylitis is sometimes referred to as Golfer's Elbow, not because only golfers get the problem, but because the golf swing is a common activity that can cause the problem.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the elbow. This problem is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, except that a different nerve is compressed causing slightly different symptoms.
Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Radial tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause aching in the forearm just below the elbow.
Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture
When the biceps tendon ruptures at its distal insertion, near the elbow joint, patients often complain of lack of strength. Usually this condition requires surgery for treatment.
An olecranon fracture is an injury to the prominent bone of the elbow joint. When a patient sustains a broken olecranon, surgery may be necessary to restore the alignment of the broken bones.
A Monteggia fracture is a variant of an ulna fracture of the forearm. In addition to the fracture of the ulna, these patients also have a dislocation of the radial head within the elbow joint. Treatment of a Monteggia fracture is with surgery to repair the ulna fracture.
An elbow dislocation occurs when the arm bone (humerus) separates from its normal position in relationship to the forearm bones (radius and ulna). When a dislocated elbow occurs, the joint must be put back into position (reduced) and the stability of the elbow must be assessed. Further treatment of a dislocated elbow depends on the stability...