Elbow Arthritis – Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Kulwicki is a Flower Mound, TX, based orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Elbow Arthritis.

Elbow Arthritis

Elbow Arthritis is a condition which involves degeneration of the cartilage in the elbow joint. As the space between the bones reduces, they start rubbing against each other, leading to pain and inflammation. People involved in activities that put repetitive strain on the elbow joint such as lifting heavy objects, swimming, playing tennis etc. are more susceptible to this condition.

Causes Of Elbow Arthritis

  • Previous injuries including fractures, dislocations, sprains etc.
  • Sudden impact or trauma to the elbow
  • Bone spurs
  • Genetic factors
  • Aging

Symptoms Of Elbow Arthritis

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty in moving the elbow
  • Weakness in the muscles

Diagnosis Of Elbow Arthritis

The orthopedic doctor may diagnose Elbow Arthritis by conducting a physical examination. He may ask about medical history and look for symptoms experienced. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scan and MRI may be recommended to identify the underlying cause of the condition.   

Treatment For Elbow Arthritis

Non-surgical treatment

  • Activity modification: The doctor may recommend providing rest to the affected elbow and avoiding activities that can strain the joint.
  • Physical therapy: Certain exercises may be suggested to strengthen the elbow muscles and improve flexibility. They may also help to restore the joint’s normal range of motion.  
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the symptoms. Cortisone injections may also be administered in case of severe pain.  
  • Heat and ice therapy: Heat therapy may be beneficial in providing relaxation to the stiff elbow muscles. Applying ice at frequent intervals may help to reduce swelling and discomfort.   
  • Splints and braces: Wearing splints or braces may provide support to the elbow joint and prevent the condition from worsening.  

Surgical treatment

  • Arthroscopy: The surgeon may make small incisions in the elbow joint to remove damaged tissues/loose fragments.  
  • Synovectomy:  The procedure involves removal of the inflamed synovium and bone spurs from the elbow joint. It helps in improving the range of motion and reducing pain.  
  • Osteotomy: In this procedure, a part of the bone is removed to reduce pressure on the elbow joint.
  • Arthroplasty (Elbow Replacement): For patients with advanced stage of Elbow Arthritis, the surgeon may recommend replacing the damaged joint with an artificial implant.

For diagnosis and treatment of Elbow Arthritis, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.