Clinical Anatomy and Assessment of the Elbow



Alexander L Aquilina*, Andrew J Grazette
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Clifford Bridge Road, CV2 2DX, Coventry, UK


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© 2017 Aquilina and Grazette.

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* Corresponding author to this author at the Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Clifford Bridge Road, CV2 2DX, Coventry, Uk, Tel: 02476 965094; Email: alexaquilina@gmail.com


Abstract

Background:

The elbow is a complex synovial hinge joint comprising of three articulations. Satisfactory function and stability are provided by bony and soft tissue stabilising structures. Injuries around the elbow joint are common.

Methods:

A literature search was performed and the authors’ personal experiences reported.

Results:

The article discusses the osseous and ligamentous anatomy around the elbow joint and their relevance when assessing and managing elbow injuries.

Conclusion:

Knowledge of the intricate anatomy around the elbow joint is essential to successfully assessing and managing elbow injuries and restoring good function.

Keywords: Elbow, Clinical Anatomy, Assessment, Anatomy, Joint.