Physical examination of the elbow

Andreas Lenich, Andreas B. Imhoff

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The elbow is formed by three separate joints: the ulnohumeral, radiohumeral, and proximal radioulnar. The different joints are stabilized by the ligaments and muscles. The possibility of reaching the head and back with the hand is due to cooperation between these three joints. The elbow is not designed as a weight-bearing joint, and therefore the different significant loads, especially in the overhead and throwing athletes, lead to acute or chronic stress to the separate joints and ligaments. An accurate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the elbow joint is critical to lead up a focused physical examination and an accurate diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Injuries
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783642365690
ISBN (Print)9783642365683
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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