Answers to Common Elbow Osteoarthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about elbow osteoarthritis.

What are the medication risks, especially in geriatric patients that may have other health issues and are taking other medications?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently used to treat arthritis, as the medication can block the hormones in the body associated with pain and inflammation, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF).

NSAIDs can have side effects that can be risky for elderly patients, or those who have co-existing conditions such as heart disease, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). According to the NIH, use of NSAIDs among these patients can result in:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Water and salt retention

Talk to your doctor about risk factors of youth elbow osteoarthritis.

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

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