The elbow is the joint that separates and allows the upper and lower arm to bend and the hand to be moved toward and away from the body. Anatomically, the elbow is a complex joint comprised of a hinge, ball and socket and numerous tendons and ligaments and which connect the humerus (upper arm bone) to the ulna (the forearm bone). The elbow joint also has very extensive synovial membrane which lubricates the joint to allow for fluid motion. There are three main muscles of the elbow which help to extend and retract the arm and hand.
Because of the elbow’s intricate structure, it can be easily injured or can become inflamed through repetitive motion or activities. The physicians at OSC regularly see patients who report elbow pain and diagnose the cause and treat the problem. Most elbow pain can be treated conservatively, in our office, with medications, injections and with Physical Therapy.
For those patients whose conditions do not get better with non-surgical interventions, the Orthopaedic Specialists at OSC offer arthroscopic, minimally-invasive elbow surgery, which is usually done on an Outpatient basis.