Have you ever experienced shooting pain in your elbow? Elbow pain can be caused by a variety of problems, from overuse to arthritis. Here are the conditions that can lead to elbow pain and information on when to contact a medical professional.
A common cause of elbow pain is tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the tendons. Tendons are the soft tissues that attach muscle to the bone. People who participate in sports are especially vulnerable to tendonitis; those who play racquet sports are likely to injure the tendons on the outside of the elbow because of repetitive movements, hence the term “tennis elbow.” Golfers are prone to tendinitis on the inside of the elbow. Other common causes of elbow tendonitis include playing baseball, gardening, using a screwdriver, and overusing the wrist and arm.
Children sometimes develop “nursemaids elbow,” or partial elbow dislocation. This is caused by someone pulling on a child’s straightened arm. When the arm is pulled, the bones are momentarily stretched apart. As this happens, a ligament can slip between and become trapped. When injured this way, a child will typically refuse to use the arm, and express pain with any attempt to bend or straighten the elbow.
Inflammation and Infection
Other common causes of elbow pain include bursitis, arthritis, elbow strains, and infection of the elbow. Bursitis is often the result of overuse, but can also be caused by a change in activity level, such as when training for a marathon. Trauma or infection can also lead to bursitis. When a person has bursitis, she will experience joint pain, aching, and swelling. Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage, which protects the joint from excess pressure. Without the proper amount of cartilage, bones can rub together, causing pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling. Elbow strains occur when a muscle is overused or used the wrong way.
Back & Neck Pain Relief Center of Springfield, PA treats a variety of health concerns, including back and neck pain, arm pain, headaches, and leg pain. Call us at (484) 477-0074 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.