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Elbow Pain

Eastside Family Health Center -  - Internal Medicine

Eastside Family Health Center

Internal Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Kirkland, WA

Numerous medical conditions might cause elbow pain and issues. Elbow discomfort and other associated symptoms can be signs of various illnesses. Most elbow pain cases get better on their own or with easy home remedies, but you should see a doctor if the pain is severe.

Elbow Pain Q&A

Elbow discomfort may be brought on by tendons or other soft tissues that have been strained or inflamed. The discomfort might range from difficulty opening the door to elbow aches. Wear and tear injuries are to be anticipated if you participate in repetitive motion work or are an athlete. Most elbow pain arises from overuse, such as from exercises that concentrate mainly on your elbows, and it sporadically comes from arthritis.

Different types of elbow disorders

  • Medial epicondylitis
  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Olecranon bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocation or fracture of the elbow
  • Ligament strains and sprains
  • Osteochondritis dissecans


Causes of elbow pain

The following are some situations that could lead to elbow injuries:

  • a lack of forearm flexibility or strength.
  • inadequate shoulder muscle power.
  • a loose joint at the elbow.
  • an inappropriate method or equipment when playing sports, especially tennis and golf, which results in an excessive amount of stress on the elbow joint.
  • repeatedly moving the hands and arms.
  • constant exertion of great force on the muscles and joints.
  • neck discomfort or irritated nerves.


Other causes of elbow pain include:

  • Broken arm
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Throwing injuries
  • Trapped nerves


Conditions that could cause Elbow pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease


If you have pain due to these problems, you can benefit from our all-inclusive care plan and services, which will hasten your recovery and revitalize your entire body.


Symptoms of elbow pain

  • Dull pain while sleeping
  • Pain and difficulty holding objects
  • Having discomfort when clenching or expanding one's fingers
  • Discomfort near the elbow bump
  • Weak grip


How are elbow disorders treated?

The following are some of your therapy options:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces or immobilization
  • Steroid injections


Treatments provided by EFHC

EFHC provides the following:

  • PRP, prolotherapy, and other injections to help the affected area.
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for conditions like tendonitis, which involves:
    • Soft-tissue stretching (fascial release).
    • Localized isometric contraction-relaxation (muscle energy).
    • Positional or facilitative relaxation (counter strain and balanced ligamentous tension).
    • Gentle techniques to balance motion in the skull (cranial osteopathy).
  • IV infusion therapies involve a combination of vitamins, minerals, and nutrition, which help boost the immune system and lessen pain and inflammation.
  • Physical rehabilitation in cases that need it, such as fracture, subluxation, or complete dislocation.