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Arthritis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 473259, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/473259
Review Article

Primary and Posttraumatic Arthritis of the Elbow

Section of Hand and Elbow Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, 1611 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Received 2 January 2013; Revised 31 March 2013; Accepted 8 April 2013

Academic Editor: Changhai Ding

Copyright © 2013 Debdut Biswas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Whether degenerative joint disease of the elbow may be the result of primary or posttraumatic etiologies, arthritis of the elbow commonly leads to pain, loss of motion, and functional disability. A detailed history and focused physical examination, in combination with imaging modalities, can help localize the origin of symptoms and help direct treatment. Although nonoperative treatment is the initial therapy for arthritis of the elbow, surgical interventions may provide substantial relief to the appropriately selected patient.