What are the signs of elbow problems?

Elbow symptoms refer to any symptoms that affect the bones, muscles, tendons or cartilage that make up the elbow joint. Elbow symptoms include pain, discomfort, visible deformity of the elbow, redness, swelling, tenderness, numbness or tingling, abnormal sensations within the elbow, or difficulty moving the elbow joint.

Elbow Problems Spotlight

Anyone can experience elbow symptoms, which are frequently the result of an injury, such as a blow to the elbow or a repetitive use injury. People who play sports that require frequent use of the elbow, such as tennis, may have an increased risk of developing elbow symptoms. Elbow symptoms can also result from inflammation related to arthritis or an infection. In some cases, elbow symptoms can arise due to a skin growth, nerve problem, or even a tumor.

It’s important to have a medical professional evaluate your elbow symptoms and determine the cause of your symptoms. Treatment for elbow symptoms depends on the cause and their severity. For mild elbow pain or discomfort, rest or home remedies, such as cold compresses, may assist you in alleviating your symptoms. Over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications may also be helpful. More intense elbow symptoms may require physical therapy or prescription medications. In very serious cases, elbow symptoms may require surgical intervention.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for elbow symptoms that may be related to a broken bone, such as bleeding, intense pain, or paralysis of the elbow or the arm below the elbow.

If your elbow symptoms are persistent or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with elbow symptoms?

Elbow symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Musculoskeletal symptoms that may occur along with elbow symptoms

Elbow symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the joints, bones, muscles and tendons including:

  • Muscle pain
  • Redness, warmth or swelling
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What causes elbow symptoms?

Elbow symptoms can have many causes. Elbow symptoms frequently result from injury, such as a sports or repetitive use injury. They can also arise from such conditions as pinched nerves or arthritis. Consult your medical professional about the cause of your specific elbow symptoms.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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