Answers to Common Elbow Osteoarthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about elbow osteoarthritis.

How does osteoarthritis affect the elbow?

Osteoarthritis may happen from wearing or damage to the joints in the elbow, as a result of injury or age, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF). Osteoarthritis occurs when the layer of cartilage covering the bones erodes, causing the bones themselves to rub together, according to the AF.

Osteoarthritis can produce a feeling of grating or locking in the elbow, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). Injury prevention is key to avoiding osteoarthritis in the elbow, according to the AAOS, and those who are active or exert their elbows as part of their occupation are encouraged to build muscle around the elbow to reduce their risk of injury.

For more information about elbow osteoarthritis, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Anthony Checroun, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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