Non-surgical treatment options include pain and swelling control, physical therapy, corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections.
Surgical treatment is recommended when the conservative, non-surgical intervention fails to adequately control patient’s symptoms.
If the joint surface is completely worn out then joint replacement is the only solution. This is usually reserved for patients over 60 years old or those with advanced rheumatoid arthritis. Typically, the improvement in pain and elbow function after the elbow joint replacement is dramatic.