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Elbow pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, overuse, or underlying medical conditions. Elbow pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages and lifestyles. To manage elbow pain, it's important to identify the underlying cause and address it accordingly.
- Pain or tenderness in the elbow joint
- Swelling or inflammation in the elbow area
- Stiffness or limited range of motion in the elbow joint
- Weakness in the arm or hand
- Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand
- Difficulty gripping or holding objects
- Clicking or popping sounds when moving the elbow joint
- Redness or warmth around the elbow area
- Tennis elbow: Also known as lateral epicondylitis, this condition is caused by overuse of the tendons that attach to the outer elbow.
- Golfer's elbow: Also known as medial epicondylitis, this condition is caused by overuse of the tendons that attach to the inner elbow.
- Elbow bursitis: This condition is caused by inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles around the elbow joint.
- Fractures: A fracture or break in one or more of the bones that make up the elbow joint can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the arm.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the elbow joint.
- Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the elbow can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the arm.
Radial tunnel syndrome: This condition is caused by pressure on the radial nerve, which runs from the upper arm to the hand, and can cause pain and weakness in the forearm and hand.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can elbow pain be prevented?
Elbow pain may be prevented by maintaining proper form during physical activities, avoiding overuse and repetitive motions, and strengthening the muscles and tendons in the forearm and elbow.
How is elbow pain diagnosed?
Elbow pain is diagnosed through a physical examination, medical history, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI, and ultrasound.
When should I see a doctor for elbow pain?
You should see a doctor for elbow pain if the pain is severe, lasts longer than a few days, is accompanied by swelling or bruising, or if you have difficulty moving your arm or hand.