Diagnosing Elbow Pain at NJ Spine and Wellness
Most elbow pain is caused by overuse. Due to the frequent arm movement that occurs during work, sports and hobbies, you could easily injure your elbow joint. Injury may also be caused by arthritis, although your elbow will not wear like the joints in your spine, knee or ankle. Before taking treatment for elbow pain, you need to be sure of the root causes of elbow pain.
What is Causing Your Elbow Pain?
Here are some of the most common reasons individuals experience elbow pain:
- Strains and sprains: When you overstretch or tear your muscles or you sprain your elbow ligaments, you will feel pain at your elbow joint.
- Fractured elbow: If your arm bone breaks at the elbow, you will develop a fracture. This occurs when you experience a sudden hit during an auto accident or while playing certain sports. If you feel pain, you need to seek urgent medical attention.
- Dislocation: When one of the bones linked to your elbow is pushed out of place, you have a dislocation. This is commonly caused by putting your hand out to catch yourself when you are about to fall. This also needs immediate medical care.
- Golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow: These two conditions are forms of tendinitis. This means that you have injured your elbow’s tendons due to overuse. The injuries are more likely to occur among golfers and tennis players because of the repeated swinging of their arms.
- Trapped nerves: One of the nerves in your arm (called the ulnar nerve) can get trapped as it runs through your elbow. You may experience numbness or a burning sensation in your arm, hand and fingers.
- Arthritis: Different types of arthritis can cause elbow pain, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis causes painful swelling in your elbow, while osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in your elbow to break down and the bones of your lower and upper arm to start to rub together.
Treating Elbow Pain
Your doctor will carefully examine your elbow, gather your medical history and recommend tests to gain a detailed view of your elbow joint. For acute or mild elbow pain, your doctor will recommend self-care which includes:
- Rest: Avoiding activities that can make the pain worse
- Support: Using an elbow pad to cushion the joint and reduce soreness
- Ice: Placing an ice pack on your elbow joint for close to 20 minutes daily
For severe or chronic elbow pain, your doctor may recommend:
- Aspiration: Extracting excess fluid from the elbow joint
- Steroid injection: Injecting steroids into the elbow to ease inflammation and relieve pain quickly
Book an Appointment to Treat Elbow Pain Today
If you need urgent pain relief or pain management for your elbow, contact us now at 877-333-6579 or fill out our appointment booking form. You will be connected with our team of doctors at NJ Spine and Wellness offices located in Old Bridge, Matawan and Freehold.