Elbow Pain - Inner Elbow Pain, Pain in Elbow Joint

Elbow pain in your inner elbow or your elbow joint can be very painful. The elbow is the joint that connects the humerus bone in the upper arm with the radius and ulna bones in the forearm. Cartilage, ligaments, and tendons complete the composition of the elbow and allow it to connect to muscles that enable movement of the arm. Elbow pain can result with damage when any of these components is harmed. Types of elbow pain include strains and sprains, dislocation, fracture, bursitis, and tennis/golfer’s elbow (tendinitis), and radial or cubital tunnel syndrome.

Elbow Pain Symptoms

  • Ache or pain
  • Inflammation
  • Burning or numbness
  • Bruising

Elbow Pain Causes

  • Accident, injury, or fall
  • Fracture
  • Overuse
  • Physical activity
  • Infection
  • Compression of a nerve
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Elbow Pain Treatment & Elbow Pain Relief - When to See a Doctor

Elbow pain often improves within a few weeks with rest and/or over-the-counter pain relievers. Persistent elbow pain should be addressed by your doctor who may prescribe other medications, order physical therapy, or recommend further diagnosis and treatment by a specialist. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your pain is from an accident, injury, or fall.
  • A fracture or dislocation is visible.
  • Your pain is severe or intolerable.
  • Inflammation and bruising appear around your elbow.
  • You have difficulty using or bending your elbow.