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The Importance of the Elbow

The Importance of the Elbow"Imagine not being able to ever bend your arm, or ever stretch it out?"
-Carla Robinson, PA-C

Though we don't think about our elbows, or how much we use them, they are crucial to the way we live our lives. Imagine not being able to ever bend your arm, or ever stretch it out?

So what exactly IS the elbow? "The elbow is a hinge joint and provides rotation,” explains Carla Robinson, PA-C at orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio. “It allows the arm to reach out in space. It also is the joint where three long bones meet in the middle portion of the arm," said Carla.

Common Injuries That Cause Elbow Pain

Lateral Epicondylitis -Commonly referred to as tennis elbow. It is a repetitive overuse problem.

Golfer's Elbow -Tendons usually become strained in a golf swing, and other repetitive motions. Usually pain is felt in the inner elbow and tenderness.

Olecranon Bursitis -This is characterized by the inflammation of the bursa at the tip of the elbow, which can occur from injury or even from a local infection.

Arthritis -Pain caused by the inflammation of the elbow joint, usually a result of many systemic forms of arthritis.

Sprains -Pain caused by a stretch or tear injury to a ligament. Occurs mainly when the elbow is hyperextended.

If you have elbow pain that won't go away, schedule an appointment in one our office to discuss your options.

Carla Robinson is a physician assistant with Dr. Brent Bamberger at Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio group. We have offices throughout the Miami Valley region to provide convenient, high quality orthopedic care to the community.

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