What does arthritis in the elbow feel like? Symptoms to watch out for

What Does Arthritis in the Elbow Feel Like?

Arthritis in the elbow is typically caused by a form of this condition called osteoarthritis, which is inflammation due to breakdown of the cartilage in the joints that allows for smooth motion. This condition can have a negative impact on your quality of life, taking you away from your daily activities and ability to enjoy hobbies. 

While arthritis in the elbow does not have a cure, it is possible to manage. As a condition that tends to come with age or injury, the earlier it can be identified, the more effective management and treatment can be. If you’re wondering if you may be dealing with arthritis in the elbow, it can be helpful to understand the common symptoms. 

Symptoms of arthritis in the elbow

As we get older, everyone deals with some amount of joint degeneration. However, arthritis develops when the cartilage breakdown is severe enough to cause increased bone-on-bone contact and inflammation. Typical symptoms that can result from this include: 

  • Aches and pains
  • Stiffness
  • A grinding sensation 
  • Compression of the ulnar nerve due to bone spurs that can cause tingling and numbness in the elbow, forearm or hand

If you are dealing with one or more of these symptoms that are not improving in a short period of time, you should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Among other options, physical therapy can be a highly effective method of treatment for arthritis in the elbow.

How physical therapy helps arthritis in the elbow

The goal of physical therapy for arthritis in the elbow is to improve functioning and relieve pain through a number of specific techniques designed to strengthen supporting muscles and improve range of motion. Physical therapists can use therapeutic exercises, manual therapies and at-home instruction. Patients can also benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet and regular low-impact exercise. At Franklin Rehab, our highly skilled team can work with you to assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. Our goal is to help you achieve long-term wellness and relief as you manage this condition. 

Contact our caring and dedicated team today to schedule your initial appointment.