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Elbow

The elbow joint may become affected by inflammation, instability, nerve damage or fracture.  Inflammation can come in the form of tendinitis, bursitis or arthritis.  An injury to ligaments, tendons or a fracture of the bone may result in the sensation of instability or in the limitation of functional motion.  Nerve damage at the elbow is most common with the ulnar nerve and can affect the radial or median nerve too.

Elbow Fractures: Fracture is a common injury to the elbow. Elbow fractures may result from a fall onto an outstretched wrist, a direct impact to the elbow or a twisting injury. Elbow fractures may cause severe pain, swelling, tenderness and painful movements. If a fracture is suspected, immediate intervention by your doctor is necessary. Surgery is often required if a bony displacement is observed.

Any problem causing pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness or a tingling sensation, or abnormal position of the hand, wrist, or elbow that persists for more than two or three days should be evaluated by your doctor to establish the cause and obtain the best treatment as early as possible.

Normal Anatomy :: Lateral Epicondylitis
Biceps Tendon Repair :: Cubital Tunnel Syndrome :: Tennis Elbow

Normal Anatomy of the Elbow

How does the Elbow joint work?
Find out more in this web based movie

Hip Anatomy

Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow.

For more information about Lateral Epicondylitis click on below tabs.

Lateral Epicondylitis Lateral Epicondylitis  

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel release surgery is the surgery to correct the cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome, also called ulnar nerve entrapment is a condition caused by compression of the ulnar nerve in an area of the elbow called the cubital tunnel. The ulnar nerve travels down the back of the elbow behind the bony bump called the medial epicondyle and through a passageway called the cubital tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fracture Treatment, Hand Injuries Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Biceps Tendon Repair

The biceps muscle, located in the front of the upper arm allows you to bend the elbow and rotate the arm. Biceps tendons attach the biceps muscle to the bones in the shoulder and in the elbow.

Biceps tear can be complete or partial. Partial biceps tendon tears will not completely break the tendon. Complete tendon tears will break the tendon into two parts.

Find out more about Bicep Ruptures from the following links.

 Biceps Tendon Repair Biceps Tendon Repair  

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is the common name for the elbow condition lateral epicondylitis. It is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the tendons that attach to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow. It is a painful condition occurring from repeated muscle contractions in the forearm that leads to inflammation and microtears in the tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle. The lateral epicondyle is the bony prominence that is felt on the outside of the elbow and the condition is more common in sports individuals playing tennis.

  Tennis Elbow Tennis Elbow  

Streaming Videos

Interactive web based movies (click on the desired topic to find out more)

Elbow Fracture Elbow Fracture Golfer's Elbow Golfer's Elbow
Elbow Sprain Elbow Sprain    

Click on the topics below to find out more from the Orthopaedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.