ELBOW PAIN - WatsonsHealth


Elbow pain is not that serious, but since you use your elbow in many ways, elbow pain can be extremely baffling. Your elbow is a complicated joint; it enables you to both expand and flex, and also turns your hand and lower arm. Since most movements are a mix of these activities, you may think that it’s hard to point out precisely which movement brings about pain.

There are many types of elbow pain, which may include the following:

  • Medial epicondylitis, that affect the inner elbow tendons, also known as golfer’s elbow
  • Lateral epicondylitis, which affects the tendons outside the elbow, otherwise known as tennis elbow
  • Olecranon bursitis affecting bursae or small sacs of fluid that helps protect the joints, also known as student’s elbow
  • Osteoarthritis affecting the cartilage of the elbow joints
  • Dislocation or fracture of the elbow
  • Strains and sprains
  • Osteochondritis dissecans or dislodgement of cartilage and bone in the elbow joint, also known as Penner’s disease

Treatment varies based on elbow problems and the symptoms you may encounter. Most elbow problems require conservative treatment. Surgery is a final resort if your symptoms don’t make improvement.

Your treatment choices include:

  • Resting the elbows
  • Cold compress
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces or immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Elbow padding

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