Elbow Pain

Elbow Pain

What are the causes of elbow pain?

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Gout
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Trauma

What is tennis elbow? How is it treated?

The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve tennis elbow. If conservative treatments don't help or if symptoms are disabling, your doctor might suggest surgery.

The most common cause of elbow pain is tennis elbow. Despite its name, athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). It generally occurs as a result of overloaded and repetitive motions of the wrist. Patients generally complain about the pain in the external side of elbow. Elbow pain can also spread into the shoulder, forearm and hand. Pain usually increases with wrist motions and is relieved with rest. X-Rays are generally normal. ESWT (shock wave therapy) applied on the source of pain enables recovery in many cases without a need for another treatment. Local PRP and ozone therapies are complementary therapies.

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? How is it treated?

Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve which runs in a groove on the inner side of the elbow toward ring and little fingers is subject to a pressure in that groove. Diabetes mellitus, alcoholism and cancer make the person more prone to neuropathy. First, numbness and tingling occur in little finger and ulnar half of the ring finger. Then, pain accompanies these especially as increasing during nights. If the pressure persists, hand get the shape of “claw hand”. Pain killer rheumatism medications and local injection help the elimination of pressure by reducing edema. Physical therapy can be applied to the elbow to defuse the scarred tissue. In the progressive cases in which there has been no response to conservative treatment, ulnar nerve is released or its path is changed surgically.

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