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Elbow Anatomy 101: Understanding the Causes and Treatment Options for Elbow Pain


The elbow joint is made up of three bones: the humerus, ulna, and radius, along with several ligaments and tendons that allow for flexion and extension movements.


Furthermore the elbow is surrounded by several muscles, including the biceps, triceps, brachialis, and brachioradialis, which work together to provide stability and movement to the joint.


Alongside the musculature our elbows are supported by several ligaments, including the ulnar collateral ligament, radial collateral ligament, and annular ligament, which provide stability and prevent excessive movement of the joint.


The elbow joint is supplied by several blood vessels, including the brachial artery, radial artery, and ulnar artery, which provide oxygen and nutrients to the joint and surrounding tissues.


As well this very utilized joint is innervated by several nerves, including the musculocutaneous, radial, and ulnar nerves, which provide sensory and motor function to the muscles and skin surrounding the joint.


The elbow joint is drained by several veins, including the basilic, cephalic, and brachial veins, which carry deoxygenated blood away from the joint and back to the heart.


Lastly the elbow is drained by lymphatic vessels, which help to remove excess fluid and waste products from the joint and surrounding tissues, and transport immune cells to fight infection and inflammation.


Now elbow pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse injuries, trauma, arthritis, nerve compression, and other medical conditions. Proper diagnosis and treatment are important to alleviate pain and prevent further damage to the joint.


Example elbow and rotator cuff injuries are often connected, as the muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff also attach to the elbow joint. Proper diagnosis and treatment of both areas are important for a full recovery and to prevent further injury.


Osteopathy can help with the treatment by using manual techniques to improve joint mobility, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can also provide advice on lifestyle modifications to prevent future injuries and improve overall joint health. Reach out!


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