Category Archives: Conditions

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow Overview Throwing overhand again and again puts a lot of stress on your elbow. It can lead to injury. Young athletes, in particular, are at risk. Some play sports all year without learning how to throw properly. And, their bones are still growing. Let’s look at how the elbow can […]

Triceps Tendonitis

Triceps Tendonitis Overview This is an inflammation of a tendon at the back of your elbow. It’s called the “triceps” tendon. It anchors your upper arm’s triceps muscle to the ulna (one of the bones of your forearm). Causes You can injure your triceps tendon by repeatedly stressing it. Baseball pitchers are prone to this […]

Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Overview If you have an infection in a bone, you have osteomyelitis. It’s a serious condition that can cause part of your bone to die. And, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Causes A bone infection can be caused by a bacteria or a fungus. These germs can get into […]

Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

Overuse Injuries of the Elbow Overview If you are an athlete, or if you work with your arms and hands, your elbows may be at risk for an overuse injury. This is an injury caused by repetitive motions. This type of injury can be a problem for people who play sports such as tennis or […]

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Overview This condition is a compression injury to the ulnar nerve near the elbow. This is the nerve that produces a jolt when you bump your “funny bone.” Anatomy The ulnar nerve travels along the inside of the arm through the cubital tunnel – a closed pathway surrounded by tissue and bone […]

Elbow Bursitis

Elbow Bursitis Overview This is a swelling of a fluid-filled sac in the back of your elbow. This sac is called the “olecranon bursa.” You have similar sacs near other large joints throughout your body. They act as cushions between your bones and your soft tissues. Normally they have a small amount of fluid inside […]

Growth Plate Injuries of the Elbow

Growth Plate Injuries of the Elbow Overview Growth plates are sections of cartilage near the ends of bones that are present until a person reaches maturity. They allow the skeleton to grow and lengthen, but are highly susceptible to injury. Growth plate injuries can result from overuse of a joint or from trauma. Causes Growth […]

Hyperextension Injury of the Elbow

Hyperextension Injury of the Elbow Overview This injury occurs when the elbow is bent backwards beyond its normal range of motion, causing damage to the ligaments, bones and structures of the elbow. Hyperextension of the elbow can cause dislocation or fractures. Causes Many hyperextension injuries occur during strenuous physical activity or sports. Falling and stopping […]