Unsticking the elbow
Dr Doron Sher
MBBS, MBiomedE, FRACS (Ortho)
Orthopaedic surgeon, Orthosports www.orthosports.com.au
ELBOW stiffness may be caused by trauma or it can develop insidiously (atraumatic).
The most common cause of elbow stiffness without trauma is osteoarthritis, but trauma can lead to elbow stiffness both directly and indirectly.
This is due to articular surface damage, intra-articular fractures, osteochondral defects, or loose bodies.
It can also occur because of capsule, ligament and muscle contractures. Stiffness can