Elbow pain usually isn’t serious, but because the elbow is one of the most used joints in the body, elbow pain can affect a person’s everyday activities. Because the elbow is a complex joint that allows you to extend and flex your forearm as well as rotate your forearm and hand. Because most movements are a combination of these actions, it may sometimes be difficult to know what brings on the pain.
Elbow pain can be caused by a number of things. One of the most common causes in adults is tendinitis. This is the inflammation and injury to the tendons, which are the soft tissues that attach the muscle to the bone. People who play sports that use a lot of upper body and arm movement such as tennis, golf, baseball and racquet ball are more likely to suffer from tendinitis. Simple activities such as gardening can also attribute to tendinitis.
Other common causes include:
Because there are so many variables that could be causing your shoulder pain, it is important to get your pain accurately diagnosed. Getting a general health history is an important part of accurate diagnosis especially if you have any recent injuries. A physical exam will be done to try to pinpoint the location of the pain, determine if there is swelling as well as indications the joint may be damaged. Depending on the findings during the physical exam, your doctor may order diagnostic imaging test such as ultrasound, MRI, X-rays, CT scan, etc. to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any underlying conditions.
The treatment of elbow pain may vary depending on the cause of the pain and any underlying conditions. Our experts at SCU will evaluate the best treatment options and will educate our patients so they can make an informed decision and play a role in the treatment process. Treatment options available at SCU include: