Elbow Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can affect the elbow joints, impacting function and causing pain. Osteoarthritis is much more prevalent overall, but rheumatoid arthritis is common in the elbow. Both cause elbow pain and dysfunction but affect different areas of the elbow joint. There is not a cure for either type of arthritis. However, pain can be alleviated and the function of the elbow can be improved. Treatments are available at Medici Spine & Pain, located in the Atlanta area.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the joints, including the elbow. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid usually affects both elbows equally. The lining of the joint becomes inflamed and swollen. Pain usually is first felt on the outside of the elbows, and increases when rotating the forearms. Straightening and bending the elbow can become difficult and the joint may swell.
With elbow osteoarthritis, deterioration of the cartilage due to wear/tear, injuries and repetitive use can cause friction and inflammation in the joint. Often, only one elbow may be affected. Pain from elbow osteoarthritis is usually more pronounced when straightening the arm, and the elbow may catch or lock when bending. Arthritis caused by an injury can result in stiffness in the elbow joint.
Treating Elbow Arthritis
Arthritis may be slowed down and the pain or functional symptoms can be minimized and managed. At Medici Spine & Pain, we have experienced pain physicians and medical professionals that will create an effective treatment plan for arthritis of the elbow. Some treatments that may be combined to treat elbow arthritis include medication management, injections for inflammation/pain and physical therapy.
If you have either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis that is causing elbow pain or mobility problems, contact us at Medici Spine & Pain today to schedule an exam and initial consultation. Our clinics are located in the greater Atlanta area, offering effective options for pain management and improved joint function.