Golfer’s elbow (or medial epicondylosis) is a degenerative condition affecting the insertion of the tendons into the bone on the inside part of the elbow. These tendons are connected to the muscles that enable us to bend (flex) both the wrist and fingers.
Tennis elbow (or lateral epicondylosis) is a degenerative condition affecting the insertion of the tendons into the bone on the outside part of the elbow. This condition leads to pain and aching with everyday activities, which is localised to the outer part of the elbow.
CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Cubital Tunnel describes a condition in which the ulnar nerve is squashed or stretched as it passes behind the bone on the inner side of the elbow. This causes pain, aching and often numbness or tingling in the little and ring fingers.
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE ELBOW
Osteoarthritis of the elbow occurs when the cartilage surface of the elbow is damaged or becomes worn. The elbow is one of the least affected joints because of its well matched joint surfaces and strong stabilising ligaments. Pain and stiffness are common symptoms of elbow arthritis.
A fracture (or break) to the elbow commonly occurs as a result of a fall on to the arm, a twisting injury or a direct blow. The elbow is made from three bones which are known as the humerus, ulna and radius. The stabilising ligaments can be damaged at the same time as the fracture and sometimes the elbow may come out of joint (or dislocate).
This procedure involves inserting a small telescope (arthroscope) with an in-built light source and a camera into the elbow joint via a very small incision (keyhole surgery).This allows the surgeon to view the inside of the joint. Specially-designed instruments are inserted through other small incisions, providing the ability to treat a wide range of conditions.