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Elbow Pain

Due to certain activities and conditions, the elbow may suffer from mild to severe pain.

What is elbow pain?

Elbows are prone to pain. The pain may be caused by an injury, a strenuous activity, or an underlying condition. Some elbow pain is not a cause of concern and just normally goes away after a few days of self-care and rest.

What are the symptoms of elbow pain?

The pain in the elbow can be mild to severe. Aside from the pain, and depending on the underlying cause, the pain may be accompanied by other symptoms such as stiffness, redness, swelling, and in some cases, fever and a general feeling of being ill.

What causes elbow pain?

General Elbow Pain

Elbow pain may be caused by overuse, inactivity, exertion, or other activities. It may also be a symptom of an underlying condition such as arthritis. The pain may be dull, achy, sharp, or severe. The onset may be gradual or sudden, depending on what caused the pain. The pain is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as stiffness, muscle spasm, tingling, numbing, arm or shoulder weakness, and/or swelling.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is a condition characterized by pain in the hand and arm, which may radiate to the elbow and up. The pain is usually associated with numbness and tingling sensation. Other symptoms include discomfort in the fingers and wrist. This condition is caused by a compressed nerve located in the carpal tunnel.

Tennis Elbow

Contrary to its name, tennis elbow is not caused by “tennis,” though it is common among tennis players. This condition is a swelling of the tendons which causes pain in the arm and elbow. The pain affects the elbow and radiates to the lower or upper arm. It may also limit your movement in your arms and hands. Aside from the pain, you may experience tenderness in the affected area as well.

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is a condition not limited to people playing golf. The most common symptom of this condition is pain on the inner side of the elbow. The pain sometimes extends to the inner side of the forearm. The pain is likely to worsen with certain activities and movements. Other symptoms of golfer’s elbow include weakness, stiffness, numbness, and tingling in the affected areas.

How is elbow pain treated?

Managing elbow pain depends on the cause of the pain. The pain specialist will determine the other symptoms and diagnose the underlying condition, if any. The treatment varies depending on whether the pain is caused by injury, overuse, or a medical condition. The best way to find out is to see a medical professional.

If you experience pain in your elbow, don’t panic. Chances are, the pain will just go away on its own after a few days of self-care and rest. Avoid strenuous activities and repetitive motions of the arm, elbow, and hand. Any activity may make the condition worse. During your rest, apply ice to the affected area. Ice the area for about 15 to 20 minutes at least three times a day. Do this for several days. Giving your elbow a soft and light massage may also help relieve the pain.

However, if the pain is severe and if you experience other symptoms which you may think are a cause for concern, the safest way is to seek immediate medical help.

More intensive elbow pain treatments may include the following:

  • A splint or brace
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Surgery
  • Steroid injections

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Elbow Pain Treatments

Here at Arizona Pain and Spine Institute, we improve our patients’ quality of life by alleviating and managing their pain. Some of our Elbow Pain treatments include:

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Why choose AZ Pain and Spine Institute to treat your Elbow Pain?

We have a team of medical practitioners, pain management doctors, and staff who are experts on pain management, including Elbow Pain. We use state-of-the-art technology and effective approaches in achieving our mission. We care about your well-being and are committed to making your life pain-free.