Arthritis is an inflammation of the tissues that line your joints. This inflammation can cause pain, swelling, and joint damage. Types of arthritis that most often affect your elbow include:
- Osteoarthritis: The natural aging process can wear away at the protective cartilage that allows the many bones in your elbow to move smoothly, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This immune system dysfunction attacks and wears away at the cartilage lining between the bones in your elbow. Rheumatoid arthritis generally affects the joints on both hands and is less likely to affect your elbow.
Elbow arthritis symptoms generally include:
- Limited ability to move elbow
- Numbness or tingling in ring and pinky fingers
Along with the symptoms above, rheumatoid arthritis can also cause:
- A weak grip
- Difficulty using the hand
- Pain in the knuckles
- Weight loss
The surgeons at MedStar Georgetown have the expertise to help you overcome any challenge your arthritis presents. We treat the entire spectrum of arthritis disorders—from early-stage management to end-stage joint replacement—and offer advanced arthritis treatment options, including the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and the demands of your daily life.