Elbow arthritis treatments
Beyond avoidance of extreme exertion involving impact or vibration, there is currently no treatment to prevent the progression of osteoarthritis. Instead, we treat the symptoms: for inflammation, we commonly prescribe rest, ice, NSAIDs or physiotherapy.
If the condition progresses to the point of causing debilitating pain, debridement surgery – the excision of bone spurs, or osteophytes, with or without capsular release or synovectomy – may be proposed. A procedure called “Outerbridge-Kashiwagi”, which involves resection of bony spurs and perforation of the humerus is sometimes necessary to restore motion.
Total joint replacement may also be indicated but is reserved for extreme cases of severe disability. The success rate of this tricky procedure is lower than for rheumatoid arthritis, and the outcome is mitigated when osteoarthritis is the result of a fracture or dislocation.
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