Arthritis In The Elbow -
What Happens When It
Goes Untreated...

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Osteoarthritis in the elbow can be due to heavy repetitive overuse of the elbow...

This condition shows up in throwing athletes, plumbers, carpenters and weightlifters...

Men, and soon to be more women than ever, will present with Arthritis in the elbow around the age of 55...

If you have been given potent painkillers and have carried on playing a sport or working while you have been experiencing elbow joint pain...

Please stop and have your joint pain assessed...

A Joint That Is Damaged
From Overuse Can
Produce Bone Spurs...

 
Tissue fragments from tears in ligaments or tendons can leave tissue pieces in the joint which will lessen the range of movement in the arm due to pain...

  • Patients with arthritis in the elbow also report that bending or twisting movement causes elbow joint pain...
  • Upon bending the elbow they are hearing a clicking noise, and also might say that the elbow is 'catching' and they cannot move it all the way...


The way to know whether your elbow joint pain is due to arthritis is through an ultra sound scan or an X-ray...

Fragments of bone tissue, tendons, ligaments and cartilage will show themselves on these tests...


Keeping A Pain Journal
Will Help You Make 'Sense'
Of Your Joint Pain...

Treatment of arthritis in the elbow is about pain management...

Since the first step in pain management in several countries is simply more and stronger medications...

A journal is a good way to keep a timeline for yourself and to show your attending physician that you are aware of these timelines and what is happening with your treatment...

In keeping a journal, always include times and dates please...

Patient charts are always kept...

And they get passed around from one doctor to another

  • In socialized systems of medicine...
  • If your regular doctor is on holiday
  • If you are on holiday and need to see a different doctor...


This is where your journal will come in handy...

It is also a written document which will stand up in a court of law should you be mistreated...

And it will show anyone you see for your elbow joint pain treatment what you have been doing and what others have been doing for you...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief


An Elbow Joint With Permanent

Damage Will Need Surgery To
Resolve The Pain...

The focus for a damaged elbow joint should lean toward a surgical procedure within a reasonable amount of time...

Please do not allow yourself to be left on pain killers for more than a couple of months...

Pain killers are only for pain management, and you should not allow yourself to be on them for an extended period of time as addiction to codeine and other drugs is a possibility...


Another option is a corticosteroid injection that will last for several weeks while you wait for surgery...

At home you can apply...

  • Cool Gel packs...
  • Elevation...
  • Resting of the joint...

 
Taking these measures will help manage the pain without while you wait for surgery...

It will not, at this point, make the pain go away altogether, but it will put a halt to the condition...


Surgical Procedures For

Arthritis In The Elbow...

Surgical procedures for this condition come in a couple of different varieties...

Arthroscopic surgery can be used to remove tissue fragments and bone spurs...

If the entire elbow joint is, for lack of better words, 'crumbling', a replacement may be necessary...

Whether you are an athlete in sport or work, your elbow should not go ignored...

Do what you can on your own at home, keep a journal for your own clarity, and if the pain symptoms are not resolving, find a way to see a physician for further diagnostic testing...

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”