Elbow Pain

Overview of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain is not always considered serious. Elbow pain can be caused due to strenuous physical activities. The elbow is a complex joint in the human body. It allows one to flex, extend and rotate the forearm and hand. A combination of these actions makes movements. Sometimes, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of pain.

Elbow Pain Overview


Overuse injuries are the most common cause for elbow pain. Repetitive movements, sports activities and accidents can lead to elbow pain. Other common causes of elbow pain can be:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Broken arm
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocated elbow
  • Elbow fracture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Sprains and tears
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis Stress fractures


Pain is the main symptom of the conditions. The patient may also feel stiffness and other discomforts. Symptoms may vary according to the underlying conditions that cause elbow pain.


The doctor may carry out a physical examination. During the physical examination, he/she may check the elbow and surrounding area carefully. The doctor may also ask some questions to pinpoint the symptoms. He/she may also suggest for an X-ray which will help to diagnose the condition. If doubts to have another underlying condition, the doctor may suggest a suitable diagnostic procedure.


Treatment options may vary according to the cause of elbow pain. Some of the common treatment options include

  • Antibiotics to relieve pain

  • Pain medicines

  • Corticosteroid shots

  • Physical therapy

  • Surgery

Surgery is the last resort of treatment for elbow pain. The doctor may suggest surgery, only when all the other treatment options fail to cure the condition.

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