Elbow Dislocation

A Patient’s Guide to Elbow Dislocation Introduction When the joint surfaces of an elbow are forced apart, the elbow is dislocated. The elbow is the second most commonly dislocated joint in adults (after shoulder dislocation). Elbow dislocation can be complete or partial. A partial dislocation is referred to as a […]

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries Introduction The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) can become stretched, frayed or torn through the stress of repetitive throwing motions, causing ulnar collateral ligament injuries. Professional pitchers have been the athletes treated most often for this problem. Javelin throwers and football, racquet sports, […]

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)

A Patient’s Guide to Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery) Introduction The doctors call it a UCLR ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery — named after the pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers) who was the first to have the surgery in 1974. It […]

Distal Biceps Rupture

A Patient’s Guide to Distal Biceps Rupture Introduction A distal biceps rupture occurs when the tendon attaching the biceps muscle to the elbow is torn from the bone. This injury occurs mainly in middle-aged men during heavy work or lifting. A distal biceps rupture is rare compared to ruptures where […]

Golfer’s Elbow

A Patient’s Guide to Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) Introduction Medial epicondylitis is commonly known as golfer’s elbow. This does not mean that only golfers have this condition. But the golf swing is a common cause of medial epicondylitis. Many other repetitive activities can also lead to golfer’s elbow: throwing, chopping […]

Olecranon Bursitis

A Patient’s Guide to Olecranon Bursitis Introduction Olecranon bursitis is inflammation of a small sac of fluid located on the tip of the elbow. This inflammation can cause many problems in the elbow. This guide will help you understand how olecranon bursitis develops why the condition causes problems what can […]

Elbow Arthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Elbow Introduction The elbow joint is injured less often than many other joints in the body. The most common injuries of the elbow joint are fractures and dislocations. Most elbow injuries tend to heal pretty well. However, an elbow injury can lead to […]

Radial Tunnel Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Radial Tunnel Syndrome Introduction Radial tunnel syndrome happens when the radial nerve is squeezed where it passes through a tunnel near the elbow. The symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome are very similar to the symptoms of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). There are very few helpful tests […]

Elbow Anatomy

A Patient’s Guide to Elbow Anatomy Introduction At first, the elbow seems like a simple hinge. But when the complexity of the interaction of the elbow with the forearm and wrist is understood, it is easy to see why the elbow can cause problems when it does not function correctly. […]

Elbow Replacement

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Elbow Introduction Elbow joint replacement (also called elbow arthroplasty) can effectively treat the problems caused by arthritis of the elbow. The procedure is also becoming more widely used in aging adults to replace joints damaged by fractures. The artificial elbow is […]

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Introduction Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the inside edge of the elbow. The symptoms are very similar to the pain that comes from hitting your funny bone. When you hit your funny bone, you […]

Elbow Fusion

A Patient’s Guide to Elbow Fusion Introduction Arthritis of the elbow has many causes, and there are many ways of treating the pain. These treatments can be very successful, at least for a while. But eventually the elbow can become so painful that nonsurgical treatments don’t work anymore. At this […]

Interposition Elbow Arthroplasty

A Patient’s Guide to Interposition Arthroplasty of the Elbow Introduction Elbow arthritis may be surgically treated with a procedure called interposition arthroplasty. The term interposition means that new tissue is placed between the damaged surfaces of the elbow joint. In this surgery, tissue is taken from another source to fill […]

Tennis Elbow

A Patient’s Guide to Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Introduction Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is not limited to tennis players. The backhand swing in tennis can strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow in a way that leads to tennis elbow. But many other types of repetitive […]