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ELBOW ARTHRITIS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The purpose of the elbow is to position the hand in space. With arthritis, the joint becomes stiff and painful. Treatments for elbow arthritis are directed at these two main symptoms. There are three main types of arthritis that affect the elbow. Osteoarthritis is simply the basic arthritis that comes with aging as the cartilage of the joint wears away over time. Post-traumatic arthritis occurs in younger patients following fractures and ligament injuries to the elbow. Rheumatoid arthritis frequently affects the elbow joint as part of a body-wide special disease process.

MEDICAL HISTORY

The first step in evaluating elbow arthritis is to determine which of the three basic types of arthritis has occurred. Next is to determine how the elbow arthritis relates to any other abnormalities in that arm, the other arm, or elsewhere in the body. The lifestyle of the patient is important, since different activities place different demands on the elbow joint. Any history of prior infection in the elbow is critical.

EXAMINATION

The elbow is examined for range of motion, stability, and deformity. The quality of the surfaces during motion and at the limits of motion can be felt. The remainder of the arm and hand, as well as the opposite side, is examined to establish context.

ADDITIONAL TESTS

The main test needed to evaluate elbow arthritis is a basic x-ray. Very rarely do expensive imaging studies such as CT scan or MRI add anything to the evaluation process. If there has been a history of infection in the past, a special scan may be performed to assess for current infection activity.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL JOINT FUSION SURGICAL JOINT REPLACEMENT
CONSISTS OF Cortisone injection; Oral anti-inflammatory medication; Activity modification Surgical removal of bone spurs and inflamed tissue lining the joint Surgical replacement of the joint with man-made prosthesis
FEATURES Maximum of 3 injections into same joint Open incision surgery on one or both sides of the joint, no implants used Prosthetic components made of metal with polyethylene bearings on surface
ADVANTAGES Non-surgical Patient keeps his / her original joint; can improve motion Provides new smooth surfaces for motion
DISADVANTAGES Only effective for milder cases; Side effects limit oral medication use Does not create new cartilage on joint surfaces that will continue to deteriorate further Prosthesis can loosen or wear out over time especially with aggressive use


RECOVERY

After capsulectomy, the patient must immediately pursue very aggressive motion in therapy to avoid post-surgical stiffnes


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  • I have never doubted I was in the best possible hands here. I cannot correctly express my gratitude. Thank you all very, very much for everything you've done for me. - 11/09/16
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  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • Very pleased with everyone and the procedures I have had done with Dr. Henry and his staff. - 12/28/16
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • Amazing services and results. Unique experience - 10/31/16
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr. Henry. Would highly recommend Dr. Henry to my family and friends in the future. Love this place!!! - 09/07/16
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • Excellent care and service! I would highly recommend Dr Henry and his staff! - 09/14/16
  • Everyone is always nice - 12/14/16
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • Thank you to everyone here with my surgery and healing process! I really felt comfortable with everyone on the staff and feel as though I came to the best place possible for my surgery. THANK YOU!!!! - 09/09/16
  • only wish I would have come here before having surgery done elsewhere. - 11/30/16
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
  • Thank you for the help. - 11/10/16
  • At every interaction with your office: consultation with Dr. Henry, day of surgery, need for prescription refills, all follow-up visits, I felt comfortable, welcome, and well informed. On the day of my last visit, I am very optimistic about the function of my left hand. Thank you. - 09/07/16
  • I will definitely recommend your practice to my friends and family. Thank you very much for seeing me and for the very detailed explanation! - 10/14/16
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  • Luis was very kind and helpful with all of my questions and concerns. He also assisted me with obtaining supplies for my brace and hand until I can get to therapy. - 10/21/16
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
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  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • I was very pleased with the entire process from first visit to last visit - 09/08/16
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • I am feeling so much better! My hands do not fall asleep and I do not drop things anymore. Yah! Thank you so much! - 09/16/16
  • Dr. Henry and each and every one of the staff we met exhibited a spirit of excellence in every area. From the first visit we were comfortable and confident that we would be well taken care of. - 09/28/16
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Amazing Doctor and staff. - 11/16/16
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  • Amazing people. Luis, Joel and Teresa, and Dr. Henry... I appreciate all of you. Your staff is outstanding. - 09/14/16
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • David, Teresa, Luis, Joel, and Karen have all worked with me. They were all outstanding and I highly recommend them all. - 11/30/16
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • Wonderful work no issues - 11/17/16
  • Thank you so much for all your support and help! I have benefited a lot from this facility! - 10/13/16
  • Awesome staff.. - 09/26/16
  • Great detailed information. - 11/03/16
  • This was only a consult, but I felt that I was leaving with enough information and a plan on the next step needing to be taken. - 09/26/16
  • The staff was great. David was very helpful with my surgery scheduling and questions. Luis was fabulous when I needed help with changing my dressing. Joel was nice helping me with the undoing of the dressing. Great group to be a patient of. - 12/13/16
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Excellent treatment by the physician and friendly service by the staff. Will definitely recommend to friends and family. - 09/12/16
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
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  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
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  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Always a pleasure working with Dr. Henry and his awesome staff! - 10/07/16
  • Luis and all the staff have been great each time I've come in. - 09/22/16
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  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • I enjoyed my visit - 11/14/16
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
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  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • I was impressed at how fast I was able to get an appointment. The staff was very helpful and the doctor was amazing! - 12/08/16
  • Dr. Henry has the best verbal skills I have witness on a physician; and, I have been a physician myself for decades! - 12/01/16
  • Everyone here has been awesome. We appreciate everything you all have done. thank you! - 12/05/16
  • Everyone was great and very helpful. Our family really appreciates the medical attention my son received from his injury. Thank you so much. - 11/01/16
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • Staff exceptional and Dr. Henry is as well. - 11/15/16
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • The Doc is awesome and his staff is on their game, the wait can be a little long but you get that when you are dealing with elite care. - 09/19/16
  • Mark is great and so is Luis (I would give Luis a raise!!) - 09/27/16










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