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The elbow is the joint that connects the two forearm bones (the radius and the ulna) and the upper portion of the arm where the humerus is located. Cartilage envelops the ends of each bone to help protect the tissues and ensure movement remains smooth.

Each bone is connected with strong ligaments that enable motion and stability. The primary collection of ligaments in the elbow makes up the joint capsule, which is a component filled with fluid that enables seamless movement in the joint.

Pain in this region of the arm can be caused by a variety of conditions and outside factors.

Typical Pain Symptoms of the Elbow

When individuals experience elbow pain, they may report feeling symptoms like:

  • A shooting sensation when stretching the elbow.
  • A numbing or tingling sensation.
  • Pain when opening and closing their fingers into a balled fist.
  • Difficulties with gripping objects due to soreness.
  • A persistent ache or off-and-on throbbing throughout the day.
  • General discomfort being felt in the ligaments or tendons.

Conditions Associated with Elbow Pain

As previously stated, a multitude of factors can contribute to elbow pain. From chronic conditions to acute injury, these types of conditions can cause discomfort in the elbow.

Caused by excessive usage of the elbow, particularly after golfing frequently. This condition affects the elbow’s interior region.

Occurs when bursa in the elbow become chronically inflamed and can also be caused by overusage of the joint.

When tendons in the elbow become swollen, this condition can present itself. Repeated stress or a strain often triggers the onset of tendonitis.

Happens when a ligament or tendon is ripped in the elbow. Sudden awkward movements or improper form when lifting or throwing something can cause a tear to occur.

Frequent arm and wrist usage can result in this condition, which affects the exterior region of the elbow. It’s also referred to as lateral epicondylitis.

Happens when the ulnar nerve is subjected to compression due to carpal tunnel syndrome being present in the wrist.

Can be caused by acute injury to the elbow (such as a fall), which may disrupt the structure or integrity of bones in the region.

Conditions, like arthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, lupus, and others can also affect the overall health of your elbow, sometimes causing pain or nerve damage.

Treatment Options

To help alleviate elbow pain, it’s important to deploy several strategies while at home. These include elevating the affected arm, using ice and heat therapy, getting adequate rest, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers.

If none of the above prove to be effective, or if there are legitimate structural problems in your elbow, it may be time to see a professional. At Magic Valley Orthopedics, our physicians are fully licensed to help diagnose and treat a variety of complex elbow conditions. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and get on the road to recovery!

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