Why Your Elbow Hurts

The elbow can be affected by inflammation of the tendons or the bursae (plural for bursa) or conditions that affect the bones and joints, such as fractures, arthritis, or nerve irritation. Joint pain in the elbow can result from injury or disease involving any of these structures.

Bursititis & Tendon Injury

Bursitis & Tendons A sharp blow or constant banging can cause swelling and pain in the bursa, a fluid-filled cushion at the tip of your elbow. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that protects [...]

Elbow Problems & Injuries

Common Elbow Problems The elbow area includes muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves. These structures are also connected to your hand and arm. This means a painful elbow problem can affect hand and arm movement. Epicondylitis: [...]

Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis

Epicondylitis Epicondylitis is an inflammation or tearing of a muscle or tendon at the elbow. If the outside of the elbow is inflamed, this is called lateral epicondylitis (or "tennis elbow"). It is the most [...]


Fractures A fracture is a cracked or broken bone. Elbow fractures often occur when your upper arm and forearm bones jam together with force. Fractures can happen when you extend your arm straight to break [...]

Ulnar Neuritis

Irritated Nerve You may irritate the ulnar nerve by striking or leaning too hard on your elbow. Your elbow aches, and your ring finger and little finger may be tingly or numb. Ulnar Neuritis If [...]