Our elbow joint is stronger than the other joints and hence, pain there is caused usually by overuse as in many sports, hobbies and jobs that require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. Occasionally, arthritis may be the cause.
- Dislocated elbow, a result of knocking off one of the bones that forms the elbow, out of place.
- Sprain, that occurs due to a ligament tear. When the muscle tears, it is a strain.
- Fracture of an elbow.
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), a condition where the tendons at the bony portion of the elbow can be injured, especially with repetitive motions of the forearm, such as using a manual screwdriver, washing windows, or hitting a backhand in tennis play.
How to manage
- Elbow pain due to fractures or stress fracture requires rest and often external support, such as a cast, brace or sling.
- Tennis elbow may benefit from performing a range of motion exercises to reduce stiffness and increase flexibility. Doctor may recommend that you do them three to five times a day.
- For sprain, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate (RICE) works, as in other cases of inflammation.