Arthritis of the Elbow
For many people, arthritis of the elbow causes pain when they bend their elbow and when they straighten it. Along with pain, elbow arthritis often cause stiffness of the elbow. The most common cause of elbow arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis and injuries, such as in contact sports, can also cause elbow arthritis.
The elbow joint is made up of 3 bones. The upper arm bone or humerus. The forearm bones called the ulna and radius. The radius is on the thumb side. These 3 bones meet at the elbow joint, which is surrounded by a joint capsule. Surrounding the capsule are tendons and muscles that assist the elbow in motion. There are ligaments on either side of the elbow to hold the joint together.
When you develop arthritis of the elbow, the cartilage between the bones begin to thin out. The joint becomes inflammed, causing pain and limitation of movement. The knee and ankle develop arthritis more often because they are weight bearing joints, but the elbow can develop arthritis in certain jobs and sports such as construction and baseball.
Elbow braces can help alleviate the pain associated with arthritis and allow pressure to be taken off the injured joint to permit healing.
Treatment for arthriitis of the elbow involves reducing the pain and swelling and helping to restore range of motion. Heat therapy, physical rehabilitation, pain medication and bracing can help reduce the affects of arthritis. Cortisone injections into the elbow joint and surgical intervention are necessary if the condition has progressed beyond conservative treatments.
The Brace Shop prides itself on being able to provide you with the highest quality of Elbow Braces available, and at an affordable price. Our online store gives you the option to sort through braces by category or condition, thus allowing you to find your perfect brace without having to individually view hundreds. Our representatives are available to speak with you about any question or concern you might have, so please contact us today!