What is Elbow Stiffness?
Elbow stiffness typically occurs following surgery, an injury, or due to joint degeneration. An extended period of immobilization or damage to the elbow joint can cause the elbow’s soft tissues, ligaments, and tendons to stiffen. Pain and reduced range of motion may be associated with stiffness.
How is a Stiff Elbow Treated?
Anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat inflammation and pain. Physical therapy is used to stretch and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the elbow.
Open and endoscopic surgery options are available in cases which require surgery. Typically surgical cases are a result of a fracture or severe arthritis. Interested patients should consult with hand, wrist, and elbow specialist Dr. Brandon P. Donnelly.