The elbow is a critical joint in the upper extremity. Without it, we would not be able to get some of our most basic needs met, such as feeding ourselves, brushing our teeth, or putting a shirt on. It is the link that allows us to bring our hand to our face or to reach for a shelf to grasp an object. So, when that joint is affected by arthritis, it can be a major problem.
Arthritis in the elbow joint can lead to pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion, as well as decreased functional use of the arm. Therapy for arthritis can be beneficial to address these issues. While somes types of arthritis cannot be reversed, there are things that can be done to manage some of the symptoms as well as to prolong the life of the joints.
See also Arthritis