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The elbow is a very stable and highly congruent joint which comprises three different portions. It serves as hinge between upper arm and ulna and enables turning movements of ulna, radius and upper arm.

Stabilization is given through the bony guide, the tight capsular ligament apparatus and the muscles surrounding the joint. Nevertheless, the elbow is the second most frequently-dislocating joint.

Injuries and disorders of the elbow are mostly of complex nature, and understanding different possible diseases is an essential condition for successful therapy. Especially the anatomic vicinity to nerves and vessels requires an experienced surgeon specialized in this area.
Besides clinical examination, there are also conventional x-ray, sonography, MRI and CT available for diagnostics.