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How can arthritis cause elbow pain?

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Many types of arthritis can affect your elbow, but the main ones are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the elbow. When you have it, your immune system attacks your body’s healthy tissue and causes swelling in your joints. You get osteoarthritis when your elbow cartilage breaks down over time, which means the bones rub together and cause pain and stiffness.

From: Why Does My Elbow Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Understanding Elbow Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dislocated Elbow,” “Bursitis, “Tendinitis,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” “Stress Fractures,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Osteochondritis Dissecans.”

National Health Service (U.K.): Arm or Elbow Pain.”

Ortho Info: “Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Understanding Elbow Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dislocated Elbow,” “Bursitis, “Tendinitis,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” “Stress Fractures,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Osteochondritis Dissecans.”

National Health Service (U.K.): Arm or Elbow Pain.”

Ortho Info: “Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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