It is great to be able to hug your loved ones, play catch with your pet, lift weights in a gymnasium, playing with snow during Christmas, and waving goodbyes, all thanks to the elbow joint that makes it a piece of a cake!!
Yes, we are talking about the elbow joint that makes our activities of daily living a smooth task.
Our elbow joint is made up of three bones, cartilages, ligaments, and tendons not to mention nerves and the blood vessels too.
Injury or inflammation to any of these parts results in pain, discomfort, stiffness, and loss of range of motion.
The lower end of the humerus and the upper end of the radius and the ulna make up our elbow joint.
Cartilage is best known as a shock absorber and helps the bones to slide over each other for the proper functioning of the joint.
Bones are connected to the muscles by tendons and ligaments are those tough tissues that connect one bone to another.
There are numerous reasons for pain, stiffness, immobility, and inflammation in our elbow joints.
This article will throw some light on a couple of reasons for the same.
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of elbow pain.
To narrow it down further Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis affect most people when the elbow cartilage breaks down with time and ends of the bones rub with each other causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in and around the elbow joint.
The following symptoms are common in most elbow injuries: