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Osteoarthritis of the Elbow

Osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs when the cartilage surface of the elbow is damaged or becomes worn. This can happen because of a previous injury or condition. It may also be the result of degeneration of the joint cartilage from the natural aging process. The elbow is one of the least affected joints because of its well matched joint surfaces and strong stabilizing ligaments. As a result, the elbow joint can tolerate large forces without becoming unstable. One of our specialized physicians can usually diagnose osteoarthritis of the elbow based on symptoms and standard x-rays. Most patients who are diagnosed with elbow osteoarthritis have a history of injury to the elbow, such as a fracture that involved the surface of the joint, or an elbow dislocation.

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