When someone has pain in their elbow, they often have trouble reading, writing, eating, driving a car, and carrying out other everyday activities, let alone athletic ones. For this reason, it is important for individuals and their families to understand some of the basics behind elbow pain.
Tennis Elbow: Tennis elbow is one of the most common causes of elbow pain. This is pain that develops on the outer side of the elbow. This comes from repetitive motions that mimic swinging a racket. Tennis and piano playing are common causes of tennis elbow.
Golfer’s Elbow: In some ways, the opposite of tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is pain that develops on the inside of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow can be unpleasant and is made worse by actions that mimic swinging a golf club.
Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a chronic condition that will develop gradually over time. Tendinitis is inflammation of the muscles in and around the elbow right where they insert into the bone itself. This pain is generally made worse by movement.
Arthritis: Arthritis is inflammation of the joint space that causes the cartilage to break down. Without the cartilage to cushion the bony surfaces, the bones start to degrade. This causes pain.
While the exact symptoms will vary from condition to condition, there are a few common symptoms that people might notice. These include:
• The development of pain that is generally made worse with movement
• Redness of the joint itself
• Elbow stiffness
• The joint space might start to swell
• An overall restricted range of motion
• Anyone who is noticing these symptoms should know that there are several treatment options available.
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