Elbow

What You Need to Know

From hugging your pets to holding kids, you use your elbow for a lot of activities. While these activities may be simple, the way the elbow is set up is anything but. It is actually a joint comprised of three different bones that make up the upper arm and forearm: the humerus, ulna and radius.

Elbow injuries like tennis elbow can manifest in pain as well as burning, tingling, and numbness in the hands, arms and fingers.

Elbow pain and its associated sensations are often a result of sports injuries, but they can also be caused by other injuries, damaged tendons, repetitive motions or certain diseases. These conditions aren’t always visible. If one affects you, you might still be able to move your elbow, despite being in pain.

Luckily, diagnosing elbow pain is fairly easy and rarely requires more than a physical exam. When it does, X-rays and MRIs may be used to determine which parts of the elbow are injured. Depending on its severity, some types of elbow pain can be relieved by applying ice packs and elevating the affected area. Other kinds may require medication or surgery.

At ReclaimAbility Pain Services, we understand the debilitating effect that pain can have, so we take the time to learn how yours affects your life. After that, we work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your unique case.