Signs and Symptoms of Elbow ArthritisElbow arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and interference with the use of the arm.
Causes of Elbow ArthritisArthritis can affect all ages, but is most commonly seen in people aged over 40 years. The most common cause is wear-and-tear. Apart from that, traumatic injuries, fractures and dislocations make you more susceptible to arthritis.
Types of ArthritisThere are several types of arthritis, the most common being:
- Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is the most common type of arthritis that affects older people. It causes the cartilage, the tissue that cushions and protects the ends of bones in a joint, to wear off causing painful rubbing of bones.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy joints, tissues and organs. It can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, deformity and loss of function in joints.
- Post-traumatic arthritis develops after an injury to the elbow. The condition may develop years after the trauma such as a fracture, severe sprain or ligament tears.
- Psoriatic arthritis occurs in some, as a result of psoriasis, a scaling skin disorder.