Elbow Stiffness

Dr Marcus Chia - Elbow Surgeon

Dr Marcus Chia offers specialist management and surgery of elbow stiffness including stiff elbow surgery.

The elbow is not a very tolerant joint. The most common problem following any elbow injury or surgery is stiffness. Even trivial elbow injuries can cause stiffness. It is possible for bone to form in the soft tissues around the elbow (heterotopic ossification).

Xrays and CT scans are typically necessary to assess the joint and determine the cause of the stiffness.

The mainstay of treatment is range of motion and stretching exercises under the supervision of a therapist. Dr Chia may also suggest elbow splints. If a functional range of motion is not achieved, Dr Chia may suggest surgery. Surgery may be done either by open or ‘key-hole’ (arthroscopic) means dependent on the extent and cause of the stiffness. It is important to note that such surgery will not restore motion to normal.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. For more information on elbow stiffness or to learn more about stiff elbow surgery, please contact the office of Dr Marcus Chia, Sydney, Australia, Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon.

For appointments and enquiries, please phone (02) 8014 4252

Peninsula Orthopaedics
Suite 20, Level 7
Northern Beaches Hospital
105 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Mona Vale Rooms
Suite 502, 20 Bungan Street
Mona Vale NSW 2103

Cremorne Rooms
Suite 1, 402 Military Road
Cremorne NSW 2090

Northside Orthopaedics
Suite 403, Level 4
San Clinic
Sydney Adventist Hospital
185 Fox Valley Road
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Orthopaedic Associates
Level 1, Suite 1
Lakeview Private Hospital
17-19 Solent Circuit
Norwest NSW 2153

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