Common Causes Of Elbow Pain

by Administrator 25. April 2016 12:35

The elbow is one of the most frequently used joints in the body which allows extension and rotation of the arm. Since the joint is prone to wear and tear, it can get hurt due to many causes, leading to pain and affecting the patient’s ability to carry out routine tasks.

Below is a list of certain reasons that can cause elbow pain:

  • Broken arm: Falling on an outstretched arm is generally the cause behind this injury. It can either involve one or all three bones in the arm- the ulna, radius and humerus. Wearing a cast may be recommended by the doctor to immobilize the elbow joint.
  • Sprains and strains: Overstretching or tearing of ligaments in the elbow can also be one of the reasons behind the pain. Conservative treatment options like RICE therapy and bracing are generally effective but surgical intervention may be required if the condition is severe.
  • Bursitis: The inflammation of small, fluid-filled sacs in the elbow joint bursae is termed as Bursitis. The condition may be caused by repetitive elbow movements and lead to discomfort as well as swelling. Providing proper rest to the elbow and avoiding strenuous activities may help to ease the symptoms. Surgical drainage of the fluid from the bursa may also be required.
  • Tennis Elbow: The condition is caused due to damage of forearm muscles. The pain can even extend to the forearm or wrist and generally felt in the region where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to a bony bump outside the elbow. People involved in activities that require overuse of elbow muscles such as tennis, swimming, painting, plumbing etc. are prone to this condition. 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is basically an autoimmune disorder that can affect the lining of the elbow joint. Symptoms include painful inflammation that eventually leads to bone erosion and deformity of the joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis generally affects both elbows at the same time.
  • Golfer’s Elbow: Similar to Tennis Elbow, this condition can be seen in people who make repetitive wrist motions or clasp their fingers frequently. Adequate rest is very effective in treating the condition.
  • Elbow Dislocation: The elbow can get dislocated if a person lands on an outstretched hand during a fall. The condition can cause complications such as trapping of the blood vessels and nerves attached to the lower arm as well as hand. 

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of elbow pain, visit Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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