Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow

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This is a disorder that most often affects young athletes. It happens when part of a bone in the elbow loses its blood supply. It weakens, and so does the cartilage that covers it. Bone and cartilage may break off and drift around in the elbow. That can cause the joint to catch and lock up.

What is osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow?

This detailed video describes osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow, a disorder that affects young athletes. The video outlines its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment options depend on your needs. If the weakened piece is still in place, it may heal on its own with proper rest. If the piece has broken away and moved around in the joint, it can be repaired with surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that's right for you.