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Elbow Fracture or Ligament Damage

Elbow Instability is a condition in which the stability of the elbow is compromised causing the elbow joints to “catch” or “pop” when in use. One of the more common symptoms is the feeling of the elbow slipping out of place while in use.

The elbow is made up of three bones- the (humerus) and the two bones of the forearm (radius and ulna).

On the inner and outer sides of the elbow, strong ligaments (lateral ligament and ulnar ligament) hold the elbow joint together and keep it in place.

Elbow Instability can be the result of several different conditions including:

  • Elbow dislocation
  • Elbow fracture
  • Repetitive trauma to the elbow
  • Damage to one of more of the ligaments of the elbow

Signs and symptoms of Elbow Instability may include:

  • “Catching” or “popping” of the elbow joints
  • Pain in the elbow
  • Weakness of the elbow
  • Motor deficits