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Elbow

The elbow is a hinge joint consisting of three bones. The upper portion of the hinge is at the end of the upper arm bone (humerus), and the lower portion is the top of the two forearm bones (radius and ulna) which are side by side. All three of these bones are in contact with each other. The joint is surrounded and lined by cartilage, muscles, and tendons that provide support, stability, and ease of movement. The elbow joint allows for the extension, flexion, and rotation of the arm. The range of motion is dependent upon the proper articulation of the elbow joint. It is easy to see why the elbow can cause problems when it does not function correctly.

Examples of conditions treated by an upper extremity specialist are:

If you have pain in your elbow or any of the conditions listed above, you should consult an orthopaedic upper extremity specialist.

Educational Material

To learn more about elbow problems and injuries, choose one of the links below: