Elbow Conditions - Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow

Osteochondritis dissecan of the elbow typically affects young athletes, especially those involved in throwing sports or gymnastics. It occurs when a portion of bone or its overlying articular cartilage is cut off from the blood supply, creating a “dead” area of bone and cartilage. This results in pain, swelling, weakness, loss of motion, clicking or locking of the joint.

Treatment options include rest, immobilization of the joint with a cast or brace, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary if the dead area of the bone and cartilage separates from the normal bone and is floating freely within the joint, or if normal symptoms are not relieved by rest and therapy.