The elbow joint is formed by three bones, the humerus, radius, and ulna. The elbow is an example of a hinge joint, or a joint that moves in only one direction.
The elbow bone is used in activities like playing tennis, painting or typing a letter at the computer. However, sometimes we might overuse this bone and that is when we are subject to suffer injuries or fractures. The most commonly known elbow problems include arthritis, bursitis, fractures and injury, but there are many types of elbow problems that require
If you have elbow pain, some common causes include:
The biceps muscle in a large muscle that works to bend the elbow as well as elevate the shoulder. This muscle is connected to the bones above and below the arm by a thick strong tendon. There are two heads to the biceps muscle, the long head and the short head. With repetitive use, the biceps tendon can become inflamed and painful during use.
The bursa is a slippery sac between the skin and the bones at the tip of the elbow. The bursa allows the skin to move freely over the underlying bone. Normally, the bursa is flat. If it becomes irritated or inflamed due to repetitive movement, a condition known as olecranon bursitis develops.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an inflammatory disorder. Golfer’s elbow results when the muscles that flex the wrist are overused. This overuse results in swelling or inflammation of the muscle tendons. Golfer’s elbow is named as such due to its common occurrence in people who play the sport. Repetitive flexing of the wrist contributes to this disorder.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is also an inflammatory disorder. Tennis elbow results when the muscles that extend the wrist are overused. This overuse results in swelling or inflammation of the muscle tendons. This inflammation causes pain and discomfort at the outer aspect of the elbow joint.
Frequently treated shoulder and elbow problems and conditions include:
- Tennis Elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Throwing Injuries
- Elbow Bursitis
- Elbow Growth Plate Injuries
- Elbow Tendon Inflammation
- Triceps Tendonitis
- Biceps Tendon Rupture
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Golf Elbow
- Hill-Sachs Lesion
- Hyperextension of the Elbow
- Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow