How is arthritis of the elbow diagnosed?
Dr. Mazzara will conduct an initial history review and physical examination to determine the areas of pain and tenderness as well as motion of the joint. X-rays may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
How is arthritis of the elbow treated?
Treatment options depend on the patient’s health, age, stage of the disease and expected outcome. Patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities will find several treatment options at the orthopedic office of Dr. James Mazzara.
How to treat elbow arthritis without surgery?
Arthritis of the elbow is primarily treated non-surgically. This includes oral medications to reduce or alleviate pain, physical therapy and activity modification. Dr. Mazzara may also use a corticosteroid injection to alleviate pain.
How to treat elbow arthritis surgically?
If non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate pain or control the symptoms of elbow arthritis, surgery may be recommended. Surgical options vary, based on the specific type of arthritis, stage of the disease, activity requirements and the patient’s age. Surgical options may include:
- Arthroscopic Treatment – Dr. Mazzara can remove bone spurs, loose fragments or a portion of the diseased synovium (soft tissue lining the inner surface of the joint.) This can be used to treat either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
- Synovectomy – The diseased synovium is removed. Sometimes, a portion of bone is also removed to provide a greater range of motion. This procedure is often used in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Osteotomy – Part of the bone is removed to relive the pressure on the joint. This is often used to treat osteoarthritis.
For additional resources on arthritis of the elbow, or to learn more about treatment options for elbow pain in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities, please contact the office of elbow specialist, James Mazzara, MD.