Emilie Cheung, M.D.

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  • Primary osteoarthritis of the elbow: Current treatment options JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS Cheung, E. V., Adams, R., Morrey, B. F. 2008; 16 (2): 77-87


    In the elbow, as in other joints, primary osteoarthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness, mechanical symptoms, and weakness. But primary osteoarthritis of the elbow is unique in that there is relative preservation of articular cartilage and maintenance of joint space, with hypertrophic osteophyte formation and capsular contracture. Medical treatment and physical therapy may be initiated in the early stages of the disease process. Surgical treatment options include arthroscopic osteocapsular d├ębridement, open ulnohumeral arthroplasty, distraction interposition arthroplasty, and total elbow arthroplasty. The potential for instability and loosening following total elbow arthroplasty in the setting of primary osteoarthritis limits the clinical application of this procedure. This patient population is generally younger than that recommended for total elbow arthroplasty, and their higher functional demands have limited the long-term success of this treatment option. The improvement in arthroscopic d├ębridement techniques is perhaps the greatest advancement in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the elbow in recent years.

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