Common Elbow Injuries and Conditions

The elbow is a complex joint that allows you to flex and extend your forearm. It also enables the rotation of your forearm and hand. As your elbow is used in virtually all daily activities, elbow pain can negatively affect your quality of life and ability to function.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is also known as ulnar neuropathy. Increased pressure on the ulnar nerve in the area of the elbow commonly known as the "funny bone" is the cause.

Symptoms & Diagnosis of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Activities such as bending your elbow for long periods of time or leaning your elbow on a hard surface can result in cubital tunnel syndrome. Symptoms can include numbness and elbow pain, tingling in the fingers, and weakness in hand grip.

Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Conservative treatment options such as therapy, using an elbow pad or a splint can relieve this type of elbow pain. If nerve compression is severe, surgery may be recommended to address the issue. Read more on nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.

Tendonitis of the Elbow (Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow)

Two common types of tendonitis of the elbow are tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. These are the most common reasons people see their doctors for elbow pain. But you don’t have to play either sport to develop this condition. Repetitive gripping motions, which can result from numerous activities, can also contribute to tendonitis.

Symptoms & Diagnosis of Elbow Tendonitis

Elbow tendonitis commonly affects the tendons of the elbow, forearm, and wrist. You're likely to hurt when doing things with your hands such as lifting, making a fist, gripping or straightening your wrist. Another symptom is pain in the bony knob on the outside (tennis elbow) or inside (golfer’s elbow) of your elbow. Your doctor may diagnose your condition with an exam to check where the elbow pain is, as well as order imaging tests.

Treatment for Elbow Tendonitis

Most treatment for elbow tendonitis is nonsurgical. This includes rest, medication, physical therapy, the use of a brace, and cortisone injections. If conservative treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be an option. Read more about nonsurgical and surgical treatments for elbow tendonitis.