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Snapping Elbow (Plica)

Sometimes I have observed that patients without history of a traumatic experience approach me with a pain in the elbow in the posterior lateral region which produces a popping sound when the elbow is rotated. This may be because of a plica or synovitis”, pronounces Dr. Vikas Gupta.
Dr. Vikas Gupta in his professional service of more than 25 years is rarely seen missing on accurate diagnosis of a condition. Eliminating the debilitating condition with expertise and deftness is another finesse he is endowed with.

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Dr. Gupta vocalizes his assertions on snapping elbow, “Plica can cause snapping elbow which may be simply explained as the painful condition that arises because of an inflammation in the elbow joint lining due to an injury or overuse increasing with motion because the lining gets caught in between the elbow bones. The patients start to experience pain on the outside elbow and when bent 90 degrees with palm facing away from the body the elbow starts to produce a snapping sound.”
Designated as the Head of Hand and Shoulder division at Max Healthcare, Dr. Gupta is unparalleled in his approach towards his deliverance and his dedicated perseverance makes enervating conditions seem hassle free. Speaking further on elbow plica, “These plicas have to be surgically removed in both front and the back of the elbow though we do try to gauge the therapeutic effect of steroid injection once before going in for arthroscopic treatment or use it for diagnostic purpose. We generally do not rely upon MRI’s as they mostly fail to exhibit plica rather we ascertain its presence by conducting a physical examination. It is not essential to delve into this diagnostic point of view here rather important to understand that it is not a very threatening condition and an extremely skilled elbow arthroscopist can easily relieve the patient of it. The prima focus of the patients should be seeking medical expertise of an affluent elbow specialist.

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FAQ – Snapping Elbow (Plica)

What is snapping elbow?

Any painful condition in the posterior lateral region of the elbow that causes a snapping/ popping sound when moved is referred to as snapping elbow.

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