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The consequences of elbow injuries

The elbow enables flexion and extension (the humerus and ulna) and rotation of the forearm (known as pronation and supination). Following an impact, a piece of bone or cartilage can become detached and left loose in the joint, leading to loss of motion or sudden obstruction.
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The consequences of elbow injuries

The elbow enables flexion and extension (the humerus and ulna) and rotation of the forearm (known as pronation and supination). Following an impact, a piece of bone or cartilage can become detached and left loose in the joint, leading to loss of motion or sudden obstruction.
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The consequences of elbow injuries

The elbow enables flexion and extension (the humerus and ulna) and rotation of the forearm (known as pronation and supination). Following an impact, a piece of bone or cartilage can become detached and left loose in the joint, leading to loss of motion or sudden obstruction.

What are the most common causes?

Osteoarthritis of the elbow is fairly rare. Unlike osteoarthritis in other joints, this elbow condition primarily affects younger patients, in their thirties. Its cause is often genetic but can be the result of previous fractures or dislocations.

What are the symptoms?

Loose bodies in the joint may provoque sudden locking episodes. It may also cause loss of motion. Osteoarthritis is a more progressive and gradual condition. The elbow tolerates osteoarthritis well; consultations are usually late, when the condition is already at an advanced stage.

Pain that accompanies full extension (carrying a bucket, for example) is the most common complaint. The loss of motion is gradual and becomes disabling when more than 30° extension or 20° flexion is lost.

How is it diagnosed?

The diagnosis can sometimes be obvious when a plain X-ray shows large bone fragments, or if it shows narrowing of the joint line or presence of “bone spurs” (osteophytes). An MRI or a CT scan with arthrogram are usually required to see cartilage or small bone fragments properly.

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MRI/CT scan with arthrography

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