Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow


Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow is a joint problem. It usually affects children and teens involved in gymnastics and throwing sports. It happens when part of a bone or the cartilage that covers the bone dies due to a lack of blood supply.

This causes pain, swelling, weakness, loss of motion and clicking or locking of the joint. Treatment includes rest, physical therapy and wearing a cast or brace. Medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can also help.

If these treatments don’t work, surgery may be needed. It may also be needed if any dead bone or cartilage separates from the healthy bone and floats within the joint.

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