Elbow Arthritis

Michael A. Del Core, Daniel Koehler

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Elbow arthritis is an uncommon condition that can cause debilitating pain, stiffness, or instability. The most common etiologies include rheumatoid arthritis, posttraumatic arthritis, and primary osteoarthritis. Treatment begins with nonsurgical modalities, including activity modification, anti-inflammatories, hand therapy, and corticosteroids. Operative intervention may be considered once nonsurgical management has failed. Surgical treatment depends on the underlying etiology, chief complaint, patient age, and functional demand. Advances in technology, especially arthroscopic techniques, have expanded the treatment options available to surgeons. The goals of treatment include pain relief and restoration of functional range of motion. The purpose of this article is to review the pertinent soft tissue and osseous anatomy, discuss the etiologies, review the principles of diagnosis and evaluation, and finally, study the treatment options for elbow arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Arthrodesis
  • elbow arthritis
  • interposition arthroplasty
  • osteocapsular debridement
  • synovectomy
  • total elbow arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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