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General Elbow Pain: A Closer Look


Elbow pain


The elbow, referred to as a hinged joint, can be a source of discomfort and like any upper extremity injury, if painful can affect your activities of daily living. Your elbow joint is a joint made up of three bones:

  • Humerus (upper arm bone)
  • Radius (forearm bone)
  • Ulna (forarm bone)


The bony bumps at the bottom of the upper arm bone are called epicondyles. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons hold the elbow joint together.

Elbow pain can be as a result of trauma or overuse injuries. It is not uncommon for elbow problems to occur such as:

  • Fracture/dislocation
  • Muscle/tendon tears or inflammation
  • Nerve pathologies
  • Arthritis


For more specific information, please check with your provider.


Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Source and for additional information: American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)