For all its complexity, your elbow is a fairly rugged joint that can withstand high force loads. Nevertheless, overuse from sports like tennis or golf, repetitive occupational use, and carrying heavy loads with extended elbows can all lead to debilitating chronic pain. The first step to treatment is pinpointing the exact location and cause of your elbow pain.
Your elbow is a hinge joint where three bones converge, the humerus, ulna, and radius. The joint is supported by multiple structures that enable it to bend and flex, and to withstand rotational forces generated from the wrist and shoulder.
Pain experienced on the outside of your elbow is called lateral elbow pain. This type of chronic pain is often referred to as tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, but tennis is only one cause of lateral elbow pain.
Sources of lateral elbow pain include:
Pain on the back of your elbow is called posterior elbow pain, which can have an acute sudden onset or can develop gradually over time. Chronic elbow injuries may occur subsequent to an acute injury that was not properly treated.
Causes of posterior elbow pain include:
Despite its debilitating pain, there are a number of treatment strategies to which elbow pain is highly responsive, including:
Treatment is often multimodal in nature, and is geared to optimal pain-free function of the elbow joint.
If you are suffering from ongoing elbow pain, the orthopedic specialists at NYDNRehab can help. We use cutting edge technologies combined with years of expertise to diagnose and treat patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain. Do not let your elbow pain go untreated. Call NYDNRehab today, and let our dedicated team of Sports Medicine professionals put you back in the game!
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