Elbow pain is a sensation of discomfort or pain in the elbow joint, which is the joint that connects the upper arm bone (humerus) to the two forearm bones (radius and ulna). The elbow is a complex joint that allows for the bending (flexion) and straightening (extension) of the arm, as well as some rotation of the forearm.
What is an Elbow Pain?
What are common causes of elbow pain?
Common causes include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, elbow tendonitis, bursitis, fractures, arthritis, nerve compression, overuse, and strains.
How is tennis elbow different from golfer's elbow?
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) affects the outer side of the elbow, while golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the inner side. They result from different repetitive movements.
When should I see a doctor for elbow pain?
Consult a doctor if you experience persistent or severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, or if the pain is accompanied by other concerning symptoms.
Can arthritis cause elbow pain?
Yes, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the elbow joint, leading to pain and stiffness.
Can elbow pain be prevented?
Maintaining proper ergonomics, avoiding overuse, incorporating strengthening exercises, and using proper techniques during activities can help prevent elbow pain.
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All Previous Investigations
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List of Your Medications
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Previous Surgery Documents
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