Why Might I Be Experiencing Elbow Pain?
The most common cause of elbow pain is overuse. Many sports, hobbies and jobs require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. Elbow pain can range from very severe nerve impingement, causing numbness, tingling, pain or burning sensation to simple achiness that should quickly dissipate from clumsiness such as “hitting your funny bone” which isn’t very funny at all.
The term “itis” means inflammation. Your elbow joint has both a bursae sac between the bone to help with shock absorption as well as tendons which attach your muscles to your bone to help with joint movement. Any type of over use or irritation to the bursae or tendon will cause inflammation to the area. Typically, in the elbow joint this type of pain is most commonly known as “Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow” depending on which tendon is affected. Bursitis/Tendonitis are both rather painful causing significant discomfort with any joint movement. Treatment typically consists of rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy to help relieve strain on the affected area.