Elbow pain

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Tomohiro Hamahata

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Orthopedic surgery

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  • Sleeping is difficult because my elbow hurts

  • I have pain in both elbows

  • Elbow pain that gets worse when wringing a towel

  • Elbow hurts even more when turning a doorknob

  • Straightening the elbow makes the pain worse

  • Elbow throbbing through the night

  • I feel pain at my elbow

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Fever

Possible Causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)

    Wear and tear of the joint cartilage over time. Risk factors include repetitive joint movements, and carrying heavy loads for many years.

  • Tenosynovitis

    Tendons are structures of cartilage that connect muscle to bone. Tenosynovitis occurs when the layer/tunnel around the tendon becomes inflamed. Causes include overuse or repetitive strain on the tendon.

  • Cancer pain
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Decompression sickness
  • Humeral epicondylitis

Related Serious Diseases

  • Elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow

    Dislocation of the elbow joint. In young children, the elbow joint is loose and can become dislocated simply by pulling on the arm. Affected children may complain of severe pain or become unable to bend the elbow.

  • Ligament injury

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have elbow pain?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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