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Shoulder and Elbow - Stiff Elbow

Shoulder and Elbow - Stiff Elbow - Causes and Risk Factors

Causes of Stiff Elbow

Post-injury stiffness
The most common cause in our population is post-injury stiffness of the elbow.

Other diseases
A stiff elbow joint can also arise due to other diseases like infection and auto-inflammatory conditions (for example, rheumatoid arthritis).

Congenital problems
Certain congenital problems may also present with elbow stiffness.

Risk factors of Stiff Elbow

Prolonged immobilisation
Patients with prolonged immobilisation of the elbow joint due to injury or illness are at highest risk of developing elbow stiffness.

Damage to joint
Diseases like infection that lead to damage of the joint surface (also known as the articular cartilage) also predispose to elbow stiffness.

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