Why the elbow joint hurts

The human elbow is the point at which three bones meet, and the connection of every two of them forms a joint. These joints are located in a common articular bag. Around them are ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels. Damage to any of the elements of the system affects the condition of the elbow, causing discomfort to its owner. If you hit with your elbow, it is very likely that discomfort is caused by injury.

Dislocations, sprains, fractures, tears – all this is an occasion for an immediate visit to the doctor. Even in the event of an injury, the cause of the pain can be complex if the complex elbow system was initially disordered due to the inflammatory process caused by an undetected disease. Pain in the elbow joint may appear “out of the blue”, without visible conditions.

Do not hope that everything goes away on your own – it’s better to take control of the situation, consult a doctor and undergo treatment. Here are a few diseases that can cause discomfort or pain in the elbow.

  • Elbow arthritis. Its danger is that, having arisen in one joint, it “spreads” to others. Infections or autoimmune diseases, gout, tuberculosis – and even such “harmless” ailments like vitamin deficiency or simple food poisoning can become the prerequisites for arthritis. Not only pain is felt, but also the stiffness of movements, which over time can turn into complete immobility.
  • Elbow bursitis. Inflammation in the triple articular bag manifests itself in the form of edema, a fever is possible, and even the usual actions respond with severe pain. If you do not feel discomfort, but see a swelling in the elbow joint, it can also be bursitis, which has not yet passed into the stage at which constant pain will still make you go to the doctor.
  • Hernias in the spine can also cause elbow pain. If the hand hurts, regardless of whether you are doing it or not, if it seems to you that it is weaker than usual, problems with the vertebrae are possible.
  • Epicondylitis The second name for epicondylitis is “tennis elbow”. If you like to play tennis, you need to choose the right racket and learn from the coach the technique of punches. Due to the wrong choice of equipment and errors in the technique, the muscles are overstrained, injuries occur that are difficult to recognize even with the help of special equipment. Inflammatory processes begin, which increase pain. This disease is diagnosed both in athletes and in patients who are not involved in sports at all, but who make repeated movements. Knit for hours? Dug up the whole garden? Do you work a lot at the computer? You are at risk.

Listen to yourself: how does the elbow hurt?

Is the pain concentrated in the elbow joint itself or spreads lower down the arm? How strong is the feeling? When you feel uncomfortable, does this happen in certain situations (put your hand on a firm; get up in the morning, slept all night with your head on your hand; train enthusiastically in the gym or on the court)? Here are examples to make it easier for you to navigate, but the same diseases sometimes manifest themselves in different ways. After studying the clinical picture, the doctor will make an accurate diagnosis.

  • Constant aching pain, mobility of the arm is limited, the skin on it turned red: arthritis.
  • Unpleasant sensations arise when you rotate your hand or load it heavily: epicondylitis.
  • Constant pain background, not concentrated in the elbow, but affecting it, including: hernias and other problems with the spine.
  • Acute, throbbing pain, a painful swelling formed below: bursitis.

The pain can be constant and severe, it can occur periodically and even almost not be felt – but you need to seek medical help regardless of what type of discomfort you feel. There are three joints in the elbow, there are many components in each joint, they are all interconnected, and in order to figure out which part of the system has failed and why, an experienced doctor is needed.

Even if the pain is mild, it can have serious causes, and treatment should not be left to chance. Specialists in oriental medicine will stop the onset of the inflammatory process with the help of acupuncture and acupressure, and along with the inflammation the discomfort will go away.

How to understand what hurts and why?

Focus on the type of pain, its localization and intensity, remember what preceded the onset of pain in the elbow joint: general malaise, trauma, slight discomfort? Depending on this, a possible diagnosis can be suggested, but it will be much more correct to seek professional help.

The doctor will examine the hand, ask questions, take tests if necessary and direct you to additional examinations, and if this is an oriental medicine doctor, he will examine the entire body, revealing the relationship between pain in the elbow joint and how you feel in general.

Eastern treatment

After the diagnosis is made, the doctor will prescribe treatment: drug therapy, aspiration (with bursitis). Most diseases also involve physiotherapy, massage or therapeutic exercises, either as the main treatment or as additional therapy to restore the functionality of the arm after removing the cause of the pain.

Oriental medicine solves all these issues. Injection of drugs into active points helps regenerate damaged tissues where it is most needed, osteopathy slows down degenerative processes and restores joints, acupuncture relaxes and anesthetizes. Result: pain in the elbow joint passes quickly and does not return.

Shishkevich Vladimir, orthopedic and traumatologistShishkevich Vladimir, orthopedic and traumatologist, project editor-in-chief ExpertNews.

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Is self-treatment effective?

At home, you can do just a little. Warming to reduce discomfort in the joint, anesthetizing ointments – that’s all. Medicinal herbs help, but it’s better not to do this on your own, and turn to a phytotherapist (there are such specialists in our clinic), who will determine which herbs will help in your case the fastest and, most importantly, will not harm. Do not rely on the treatment methods found on the World Wide Web – it will be more effective to visit a doctor.

What to do to prevent pain

To avoid the appearance of pain in the elbow joint, do exercises more often when doing monotonous work – both at the computer and in the garden. Take breaks, stretch your arms, twist them, stretch, make several bends. Watch how you sit – incorrect posture affects the health of the back, and back pain is reflected in the elbows.

Before heavy loads, do a warm up, and after them – a hitch so that both elbows and the whole body enter the load and leave it gradually, without jerking. Monitor the general condition of the body, preventing the progression of infectious diseases. If you know that your elbows are your weak spot, wear special elbow pads before loading.

Elbow pain

The elbow joint is formed by the articulation of the humerus, radius and ulna. The articular surfaces of the bones are covered with hyaline cartilage, which contributes to soft and smooth movements in the joint. The elbow joint refers to the complex parts of the body, since in its cavity three smaller joints can be distinguished: radiolokteva, brachiochnevis and brachioradialis.

Diagnosis of various diseases of the elbow joint usually does not cause difficulties for specialists. This is due to the fact that the elbow joint is well accessible for examination and various diagnostic procedures.

Elbow pain can occur for many reasons. A thorough clinical study to confirm the diagnosis can be supplemented by a variety of functional tests. Particular attention should be paid to the position of the elbow. With exudation into the joint, thickening of the synovial membrane and degenerative diseases of the joints, the hand will be slightly bent at the elbow joint.

Diseases and causes of pain in the elbow joint:

1. Osteochondrosis, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, chondrocalcinosis, tumors, tendonitis and osteoarthritis are the most common causes of pain in the elbow joint. However, compression syndromes, such as ulnar tunnel syndrome, can also occur in the elbow joint due to osteophytes narrowing the groove of the ulnar nerve.

2. One of the most common causes of pain in the elbow joint is lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow”. Less commonly, medial epicondylitis develops, also called the golfer’s elbow.

In addition to local pain on palpation, typical signs include the occurrence of pain in the corresponding section of the elbow with passive movements: extension – “tennis player’s elbow”, or bending of the hand – “golfer’s elbow”, as well as pain from muscle tension.

Specific tests help distinguish the symptoms of the pathology of the epicondyle from the symptoms associated with other diseases.

3. External epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)

The muscles involved in extension of the hand are attached to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus – the long and short radial extensors of the wrist (muscles of the clenched fist) and the shoulder-beam muscle. Inflammation of the tendons of these muscles at the point of attachment to the bone is called lateral epicondylitis. Muscles are weak flexors of the forearm, so when they are damaged, the function of the elbow joint practically does not suffer.

This pathology, as a rule, affects people over 35 years old. The appearance of pain in the elbow joint is preceded by an unusual load – working in the garden, playing sports after a long break, etc. The patient accurately indicates the site of greatest pain, corresponding to the external epicondyle of the humerus. Possible irradiation of pain down the outer surface of the forearm to the hand. The pain is easily reproduced with resistance to active extension in the wrist joint.

4. Internal epicondylitis (“golfer’s elbow”)

The tendons of the muscles attached to the medial epicondyle are affected – the round pronator, the ulnar and radial flexors of the hand, the long palmar muscle. Medial epicondylitis is less common than external. Palpation tenderness at the site of muscle attachment is determined. Possible irradiation of pain along the ulnar surface of the forearm to the hand.

5. Bursitis of the ulnar process

The surface bag of the ulnar process is located above the elevation of the ulnar process, and does not communicate with the cavity of the elbow joint. Inflammation of the bag occurs in isolation as a result of chronic injury to the posterior-lower surface of the elbow (in car drivers resting their elbow on the door), or in combination with arthritis in gout and RA. In the area of ​​the ulnar process, a slightly painful rounded formation up to the size of a chicken egg of soft consistency arises. It becomes clearly visible when the arm is extended in the elbow joint. With isolated bursitis, the function of the elbow joint does not noticeably suffer.

Other causes of elbow pain:

1. Lesions of one elbow joint are often observed with hemophilia and Charcot’s neurotrophic arthropathy. Monoarthritis of the elbow joint, as well as deforming arthrosis, are rare.

2. The cause of “articular blockade” may be dissecting osteochondritis of the epiphysis of the humerus or synovial chondromatosis. With these diseases, “articular mice” are often found in the cavity of the elbow joint.

3. Restriction of mobility of the elbow joint, in the absence of visible changes, can be caused by diffuse fasciitis. With this pathology, the skin on the inner surface of the forearms and shoulders becomes like an orange peel, it cannot be folded, and under it is felt a completely painless seal.

4. Pain in the elbow joint can be reflected. Its cause may be an infringement of the nerve roots in case of spinal osteochondrosis or intervertebral hernias located in the segment C5 – C6 and ThI – ThII. With this pathology, a violation of flexion in the elbow joint, disorders of skin sensitivity along the surface of the forearm, and the development of atrophy of the biceps muscle are noted.

5. Injuries to the elbow joint. Most often, the posterior elbow joint dislocations are observed, less often the anterior and lateral dislocations. Dislocations can be combined with fractures of the bones that make up the elbow joint, as well as with the separation of tendons. Injury mechanism: fall on the wrist, sports, industrial, automobile injuries.

In the posterior dislocation, the elbow joint is deformed, the forearm is shortened, and the protruding ulnar process is visible. Concerned by severe pain, movements in the joint are sharply limited. When attempting extension in the joint, springy resistance is determined.

With anterior dislocation, the forearm is elongated compared with a healthy limb; in the region of the ulnar process, retraction is determined. With lateral dislocations, the forearm is displaced inward or outward. With anterior and lateral dislocations, there is often damage to the ulnar or median nerve with loss of sensitivity on the hand.

When the tendons rupture, the biceps muscle of the shoulder most often suffers, sometimes the tendons of several muscles can come off. In this case, the function of the active movements of the upper limb is disrupted, the flexion strength in the elbow joint is reduced, asymmetry of the shape of the muscles occurs compared to the intact limb, swelling and pain are noted.

HOW TIBETAN MEDICINE Eliminates Pain in the Elbow Joint

Tibetan medicine has truly vast experience in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, which has been measured for millennia. One of the main principles of treatment, Tibetan doctors consider the correction of lifestyle and nutrition. That is, a person should avoid hypothermia, wear clothing appropriate for the season, keep the body (arm) warm, and not conduct hardening procedures (dousing with water). Food should be warm (hot), cold food and drink should be excluded from the diet. Doctors of Tibetan medicine pay attention to the psycho-emotional state of a patient with a similar ailment. Violation of the functions of the nervous system (“wind”), affecting the entire body, “hits” the most vulnerable and weak points of a person. Therefore, such warming procedures as moxotherapy (heating with wormwood cigars), the Mongolian method of oil-herbal massage “Jorma” have a sedative effect on the nervous system, along with the doctor’s conversations and his recommendations.

What do the doctors of the Tibetan medicine clinic “Naran” do in the first place:

  1. Diagnose by polling, examination, pulsodiagnosis, palpation
  2. Based on the combined data of eastern diagnostic techniques, they establish the exact cause of the pain
  3. Relieve pain in one to two sessions using the tried and tested acupuncture method
  4. They begin treatment by combining several methods, taking into account the characteristics of the disease that caused a similar symptom.

TREATMENT RESULTS IN THE CLINIC “NARAN”

  1. Pain relief
  2. Restoring the mobility of the elbow joint
  3. Improving blood and lymph circulation and nutrition in cartilage
  4. Improving nerve impulse conduction
  5. Elimination of general and local stagnation of energy flows
  6. Increased immunity
  7. Normalization of metabolism
  8. Muscle cramps

Clinic “Naran” in 2019 celebrates its 30th anniversary, which, of course, is modest in comparison with “eternity”, but impressive on a Russian scale. The first to open a Tibetan medicine clinic in Moscow, and then the branches in the largest cities of St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Vienna (Austria), keep the bar high for thirty years, be sought after by demanding Muscovites, cure thousands of people, earn their recognition, Of course, this speaks of high-class doctors and professionals.

Unfortunately, many patients do not pay attention to such “trifles” as unpleasant pain in the joints. Take time and contact the specialists who have been treating such diseases for a long time. Come at the first sign of ill health, thereby avoiding many suffering in the future. If you think that joint diseases are the lot of “old people” and you are far from that, do not flatter yourself greatly. If you are now 40, then at 60-70 you will want to be as mobile and active as today. Moreover, now the age framework has moved apart and people have long remained strong and attractive.

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Elbow joints hurt

Aching, drawing, or sharp pain in the elbow joint makes movement difficult and impairs a person’s ability to work. The causes of the disease can be damage to nerve fibers, blood vessels, bone tissue, muscles or tendons. Pain in the elbow area is alarming for various diseases that are provoked by injuries or diseases of a chronic nature.

Causes of pain in the elbow joint

  • Joint pathologies (arthritis, arthrosis).
  • Damage to muscle and connective tissue (bursitis, tendonitis).
  • Injuries.
  • Medial epicondylitis.
  • Chondrocalcinosis.
  • Koenig’s disease.
  • Lateral epicondylitis.
  • Osteophytes.
  • Diffuse fasciitis.
  • CNS pathology (neuritis, osteochondrosis).
  • Tumor.

Pain in the right or left elbow

If pain is present in the elbow, you should immediately consult a specialist. It is forbidden to select medicines or be treated with folk remedies on your own.

Under load

Elbow pain occurs after sports. It can be dislocations, sprains, fracture, crack. Constant pain during exercise indicates the development of epicondylitis or ulnar syndrome. It may bother when shaking hands, lifting weights, after pulling up on the horizontal bar.

On bend and bend

With flexion and extension, pain can cause chondromatosis. This is a pathological process in which cartilage grows in the synovial membrane of the articular bag. It is noted by a crunch, swelling, pain when moving. In the future, the joint does not have the ability to bend, and it hurts a lot. When pressed, cartilaginous formations are felt.

From the inside

The cause of pain from the back can be medial epicondylitis, which occurs after an injury. With daily homework and at rest, it does not cause discomfort. It hurts very much from the inside with a bruise, and if you load your arm or wear heaviness it is accompanied by swelling and extensive bruising. Over time, it subsides, and only when pressed resumes again.

Exercise stress

The absence of pain at rest and the resumption of pain when lifting something heavy – this is how epicondylitis manifests itself. When a bone on the elbow hurts, it is most likely a symptom of external or internal epicondylitis. In the acute form of the disease, it is very painful to extend the arm. And keeping something outstretched is tiring. Hands hurt if you squeeze your fingers into a fist. Muscle pains appear during movement because the nerve endings are pinched, and cease as soon as the loads decrease.

Methods of diagnosis

To make the correct diagnosis, it is enough to question the patient and examine, to probe the place of pain localization. However, such diagnostic methods are often prescribed:

  • X-ray Assign when the elbow joints are sore, due to trauma, with arthritis and arthrosis.
  • General blood analysis. It is carried out with a malignant formation, an inflammatory process in the joints, pain of an unknown nature.
  • Neurologist consultation. Recommended for neuritis, osteochondrosis, ulnar syndrome.
  • CT, MRI are prescribed for the following diseases: osteochondrosis, deforming arthrosis, the formation of a malignant nature.
  • Cardiologist consultation and electrocardiogram. It is recommended if there is a burning sensation or a pain in the left elbow in the joint.

What to do?

Taking medications

When soft tissue is injured, when the elbow joint is not affected, and there is only a hematoma, an ice pack is applied to anesthetize. When the pain syndrome subsequently bothers injuries, you need to immobilize your hands with a bandage and drink an anesthetic in tablets, then consult a doctor. If the pain is not associated with trauma, always worries, or only with exertion, it is necessary to treat the elbow with non-hormonal anti-inflammatory drugs. Often used drugs for topical use “Diclofenac” and “Voltaren.” If the joint is inflamed and the pain syndrome is associated with malignant neoplasms, strong painkillers, even narcotic substances, are used. Treatment of the elbow joint during infection is carried out with antibiotics.

If the elbow in the joint is very sore, intra-articular injections are used. To do this, use the following groups of tools:

Treatment by folk methods

Physiotherapy

Effectively used for pain in the elbows, to improve blood circulation and restore knee function. The most common methods:

Physiotherapy will repair damaged tissue.

  • massage;
  • Exercise therapy;
  • mud baths;
  • hydrotherapy;
  • diadenamotherapy;
  • UVT;
  • laser exposure;
  • electrophoresis.

Diet and Nutrition Features

Severe pain in the elbow joint can be treated not only with the medical and physiotherapeutic method; an important component of conservative treatment is diet.

To strengthen the bones, you need to saturate the body with calcium, which is found in cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream and other dairy products. To eat cartilage, you need to eat seafood and food that contains gelatin, and also use vitamin C, which is found in currants, rosehips, avocados, kiwis, and citrus fruits. You need to give up junk food. Exclude fatty, fried, salty, sugar, chocolate, cookies. Drink less coffee, tea. Stop smoking and soda. Drink at least 1,5 liters of water per day, fruit drinks and fresh fruit juices.

Elbow pain

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Why can my elbow hurt? Do I need to run to the doctor or will it go away on my own? How to understand that the situation is close to critical? How to get rid of pain? Where did this pain come from and how to avoid its recurrence in the future? If you came here looking for an answer to any of these questions, then you have come to the address. The pain interferes with normal work, doing household chores, and active people (who suffer from it most often) do not let them enjoy their favorite hobbies. Consider each of the items in more detail.

Possible causes of pain

The human elbow is the point at which three bones meet, and the connection of every two of them forms a joint. These joints are located in a common articular bag. Around them are ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels. Damage to any of the elements of the system affects the condition of the elbow, causing discomfort to its owner. If you hit with your elbow, it is very likely that discomfort is caused by injury.

Dislocations, sprains, fractures, tears – all this is an occasion for an immediate visit to the doctor. Even in the event of an injury, the cause of the pain can be complex if the complex elbow system was initially disordered due to the inflammatory process caused by an undetected disease. Pain in the elbow joint may appear “out of the blue”, without visible conditions.

Do not hope that everything goes away on your own – it’s better to take control of the situation, consult a doctor and undergo treatment. Here are a few diseases that can cause discomfort or pain in the elbow.

  • Elbow arthritis. Its danger is that, having arisen in one joint, it “spreads” to others. Infections or autoimmune diseases, gout, tuberculosis – and even such “harmless” ailments like vitamin deficiency or simple food poisoning can become the prerequisites for arthritis. Not only pain is felt, but also the stiffness of movements, which over time can turn into complete immobility.
  • Elbow bursitis. Inflammation in the triple articular bag manifests itself in the form of edema, a fever is possible, and even the usual actions respond with severe pain. If you do not feel discomfort, but see a swelling in the elbow joint, it can also be bursitis, which has not yet passed into the stage at which constant pain will still make you go to the doctor.
  • Hernias in the spine can also cause elbow pain. If the hand hurts, regardless of whether you are doing it or not, if it seems to you that it is weaker than usual, problems with the vertebrae are possible.
  • Epicondylitis The second name for epicondylitis is “tennis elbow”. If you like to play tennis, you need to choose the right racket and learn from the coach the technique of punches. Due to the wrong choice of equipment and errors in the technique, the muscles are overstrained, injuries occur that are difficult to recognize even with the help of special equipment. Inflammatory processes begin, which increase pain. This disease is diagnosed both in athletes and in patients who are not involved in sports at all, but who make repeated movements. Knit for hours? Dug up the whole garden? Do you work a lot at the computer? You are at risk.

Listen to yourself: how does the elbow hurt?

Is the pain concentrated in the elbow joint itself or spreads lower down the arm? How strong is the feeling? When you feel uncomfortable, does this happen in certain situations (put your hand on a firm; get up in the morning, slept all night with your head on your hand; train enthusiastically in the gym or on the court)? Here are examples to make it easier for you to navigate, but the same diseases sometimes manifest themselves in different ways. After studying the clinical picture, the doctor will make an accurate diagnosis.

  • Constant aching pain, mobility of the arm is limited, the skin on it turned red: arthritis.
  • Unpleasant sensations arise when you rotate your hand or load it heavily: epicondylitis.
  • Constant pain background, not concentrated in the elbow, but affecting it, including: hernias and other problems with the spine.
  • Acute, throbbing pain, a painful swelling formed below: bursitis.

The pain can be constant and severe, it can occur periodically and even almost not be felt – but you need to seek medical help regardless of what type of discomfort you feel. There are three joints in the elbow, there are many components in each joint, they are all interconnected, and in order to figure out which part of the system has failed and why, an experienced doctor is needed.

Even if the pain is mild, it can have serious causes, and treatment should not be left to chance. Specialists in oriental medicine will stop the onset of the inflammatory process with the help of acupuncture and acupressure, and along with the inflammation the discomfort will go away.

How to understand what hurts and why?

Focus on the type of pain, its localization and intensity, remember what preceded the onset of pain in the elbow joint: general malaise, trauma, slight discomfort? Depending on this, a possible diagnosis can be suggested, but it will be much more correct to seek professional help.

The doctor will examine the hand, ask questions, take tests if necessary and direct you to additional examinations, and if this is an oriental medicine doctor, he will examine the entire body, revealing the relationship between pain in the elbow joint and how you feel in general.

Eastern treatment

After the diagnosis is made, the doctor will prescribe treatment: drug therapy, aspiration (with bursitis). Most diseases also involve physiotherapy, massage or therapeutic exercises, either as the main treatment or as additional therapy to restore the functionality of the arm after removing the cause of the pain.

Oriental medicine solves all these issues. Injection of drugs into active points helps regenerate damaged tissues where it is most needed, osteopathy slows down degenerative processes and restores joints, acupuncture relaxes and anesthetizes. Result: pain in the elbow joint passes quickly and does not return.

Is self-treatment effective?

At home, you can do just a little. Warming to reduce discomfort in the joint, anesthetizing ointments – that’s all. Medicinal herbs help, but it’s better not to do this on your own, and turn to a phytotherapist (there are such specialists in our clinic), who will determine which herbs will help in your case the fastest and, most importantly, will not harm. Do not rely on the treatment methods found on the World Wide Web – it will be more effective to visit a doctor.

What to do to prevent pain

To avoid the appearance of pain in the elbow joint, do exercises more often when doing monotonous work – both at the computer and in the garden. Take breaks, stretch your arms, twist them, stretch, make several bends. Watch how you sit – incorrect posture affects the health of the back, and back pain is reflected in the elbows.

Before heavy loads, do a warm up, and after them – a hitch so that both elbows and the whole body enter the load and leave it gradually, without jerking. Monitor the general condition of the body, preventing the progression of infectious diseases. If you know that your elbows are your weak spot, wear special elbow pads before loading.

Pain in the elbow joints – causes and treatment methods

Smooth movement of the hand is ensured by the complex structure of the elbow joint. In violation of the mechanism of its work, sharp, persistent or burning pains appear in the hand. This is a symptom of other pathologies. Pain appears in people of different age categories, professions, gender.

Elbow anatomy

The right and left elbow have the same structure. The joint consists of three main elements:

  • Shoulder ulnar. Formed by a cut of the ulnar and humerus.
  • Plecheradial. Includes articular recess of the radius and condyle of the humerus.
  • Proximal radicular. It affects the circumference of the radial head.

All parts have a single capsule surrounded by muscles. They are attached to the bone using ligaments and connective tissue. Muscles are responsible for smooth extension-flexion, rotation of the elbow. The complex mechanism is supplemented by lymph nodes, capillaries, blood vessels, nerves.

How is the pain in the elbow

Symptom may appear suddenly or be present constantly. Depending on the severity of pain there are:

  • False. They occur with concomitant diseases of the internal organs (heart, kidneys) or with strong pressure on the soft tissues of the elbow.
  • Projected – giving to the elbow due to a strong blow, compression or pinching of the nerves.
  • Neurological They say that a nerve in the elbow hurts. There is severe itching, burning, tingling in the hand.
  • Strong. Appear with damage to tendons, ligaments, bones.
  • Burning. The causes of soreness are exacerbation of gout or inflammation of the nerve endings.
  • Dumb (aching). Appear with arthrosis. Additional symptoms: numbness and swelling of the limbs.
  • Regular (permanent). A sign of epicondylitis, pinching of nerves, diseases of the spine.
  • Superficial – somatic pain of skin origin.

It hurts to unbend or bend your arm at the elbow

With injuries of the elbow, the cells of the synovial membrane synthesize intraarticular fluid. It accumulates in the capsule of the joint, the inflammatory process begins. It’s hard for a person to move his hand. Other symptoms are observed:

  • edema;
  • swelling or bump on the elbow;
  • heat;
  • redness of the skin.

Pain in the elbow during exertion and pressure

With severe injuries, bruises, fissures of the bone, soreness occurs when lifting weights or squeezing muscles. The victim has a swollen arm, chills, weakness. If the arm in the elbow joint hurts without injury, it is possible to pinch the nerves in the trunk of the spine.

The arm on the bend of the elbow hurts at rest

Symptom is observed with arthritis or dislocation of the joint. Pathologies are accompanied by:

  • flushing of the skin;
  • swelling of the soft tissues;
  • high fever;
  • general weakness;
  • problems with rotational-flexion movements of the arm.

Why elbow joints hurt

Dislocations and injuries to the arm are some of the most common causes of pain. Other pain factors include:

  • Bursitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bag.
  • Osteochondrosis – disorders in the cartilage of the spine. Provokes reflected pain in the elbow joint.
  • Arthrosis is a degenerative age-related wear of the joint. Reason for reduced elbow mobility.
  • Inflammation of the ulnar fascia (fasciitis). It is accompanied by pulling pains, a decrease in muscle tone and skin elasticity.
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Epicondylitis

Microtrauma of tendons leads to the development of the disease. There are two types of pathology:

  • Interior. Appears with monotonous physical labor among seamstresses, installers, typists.
  • External. Cause increased physical activity during training or weight lifting. Joints in the elbows of golfers, tennis players hurt.

By the nature of the course, epicondylitis occurs:

  • Sharp. The pain is sharp, gives along the muscles of the forearm. There is a violation of joint mobility.
  • Subacute. It is characterized by pain of moderate intensity. The place of their localization is determined by pressure.

What to do if a hand in the elbow hurts

Difficulties with hand movement, pain, swelling – an occasion to contact a traumatologist. The victim should be given first aid:

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Diagnostics

To identify the cause of elbow pain, first visit your GP. He will examine his hand and direct him to a specialist. In addition to the traumatologist, the following are involved in the diagnosis of such problems:

  • rheumatologist – reveals rheumatoid lesions of the joints;
  • neurologist – treats pain associated with the nervous system;
  • cardiologist – reveals pathologies of the heart, blood vessels with suspected hypertension, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris.

After palpation of the elbow joint, the doctor collects an anamnesis: listens to the patient’s complaints, studies the medical history. To clarify the diagnosis, such studies are performed:

  • magnetic resonance imaging – if a malignant tumor is suspected;
  • ultrasound examination – to study the structural features of the joint;
  • electrocardiogram – to exclude myocardial infarction or angina pectoris;
  • tests for resistance to active movement – to determine the localization of pain;
  • arthroscopy – to assess the condition of the joint;
  • radiography – in case of injury or exclusion of a degenerative disease;
  • rheumatic tests – to detect rheumatic and autoimmune diseases.

Treatment of pathologies of the elbow joint

Therapy is carried out in the traditional way or with the use of folk remedies. Adhere to the combined tactics:

  • Medications are prescribed to relieve pain, restore joint mobility and slow down degenerative processes.
  • Physiotherapeutic procedures help improve tissue trophism, blood circulation.
  • With excessive accumulation of fluid inside the synovial bag do drainage.
  • To slow down the development of the disease of the elbow joint, compresses, rubbing, massage help.

Surgical intervention is resorted to when conservative treatment has failed. The patient is replaced with a damaged joint or bone fragments are collected in case of a severe fracture. With cracks, a plaster cast is applied to the affected area, bed rest is prescribed. The prognosis in many cases is favorable.

Medication Therapy

Treatment of the elbow joint is performed externally (ointments, gels), with the help of injections or tablets. The patient is prescribed:

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Physiotherapy

Together with drug therapy, physiotherapeutic procedures are carried out. The patient is prescribed:

  • Electrophoresis with Dimexide. Under the influence of direct current, the drug penetrates deep into the tissues and relieves inflammation.
  • Cryotherapy. Special installations act on the affected area with a stream of liquid nitrogen. They relieve swelling, improve blood circulation in the joint.
  • Laser Therapy It activates the processes of cell regeneration, helps to supply tissues with oxygen for arthrosis, arthritis.
  • Applications with mud or paraffin. Relieve pain, improve blood circulation in case of damage to ligaments, arthritis, joint diseases.

Folk remedies for elbow pain

During treatment, resort to the use of home remedies. These recipes help to improve the condition and get rid of pain:

  • Mix 50 g of camphor, 50 g of mustard powder, 50 ml of alcohol and 3 egg whites. Use tincture to rub the affected area 2 times / day. The course of treatment is 8-10 days.
  • Take a large leaf of cabbage, lightly beat off with a kitchen hammer, attach to the elbow, fix with a bandage. Do a compress overnight for 5-10 days.
  • Mix 10 g of chamomile, hypericum, yarrow. Brew a glass of boiling water. Insist 3-4 hours. Take bursitis 3 times / day for half a glass for 21 days.
  • To 2 tbsp. l chopped eggshell, add 1-2 tsp. milk, mix. Apply gruel to the affected area, fix with a bandage. Do a compress overnight for 5 days.

Prevention

To avoid pain in the elbow, follow these recommendations:

  • regularly perform therapeutic exercises, undergo examination by a doctor;
  • during reading, long work at the computer do not lean for a long time on the hand;
  • balance your diet;
  • prevent damage to the elbow joint;
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Why the elbow hurts

The elbow joint refers to complex joints, it consists of the following parts: radius, humerus and ulna. Essentially, these are three joints enclosed in a single joint bag. The ulnar nerve passes through the joint and is located close enough to the skin, passing between the tendons of the muscles of the forearm. Therefore, the elbow is easily “knocked out” by accidentally hitting the radial nerve. The sensations of a person with an elbow bruise are similar to an electric shock, after which the arm remains immobilized for a short time. This is the simplest reason why there are pains in the elbow against the background of absolute health. Pain sensations in the joint have many causes leading to inflammatory processes in various tissues that make up the anatomical formation – the shoulder-elbow joint.

Why elbows hurt

The concept of “elbow” has two meanings. Both are applied to the upper limb. Firstly, it is the length of the arm from the wrist to the elbow. Secondly, the elbow joint itself. Since the ancient measure of length is now out of date, these parts of the hands are called the forearms. And pain in the elbow in medicine is determined by the localization of sensations in the elbow joint. The following reasons lead to a similar condition:

  • Traumatic lesions;
  • Артроз;
  • Arthritis;
  • Gout;
  • Lesions of bones and articular surfaces (osteophytes, chondrocalcinosis);
  • Tumor processes.

In addition to damage to the articular surfaces, pain in the elbow causes inflammation of the muscles and ligaments:

  • Bursitis;
  • Fasciitis;
  • Epiconylitis;
  • Tendonitis;
  • Cubital Channel Syndrome.

Diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous systems lead to pain in the elbow:

  • Coronary heart disease;
  • Hemophilia;
  • Osteochondrosis and intervertebral hernia;
  • Neuritis of the ulnar nerve.

The relationship between the vascular, neuromuscular and skeletal system is so tight that it becomes clear why the elbows hurt in the absence of joint tissue damage.

Pain in the elbow joint

Undoubtedly, dislocations, subluxations and fractures are accompanied by pain. Diagnosis of traumatic injuries is simple and confirmed by x-ray examination.

It is much more difficult to determine arthrosis, which is a lesion of the cartilaginous plates of the articular surfaces. As a rule, pain in the joint of the elbow during the degenerative processes of the cartilage tissue occurs only with movements that are accompanied by an unpleasant crunch. The articular surface becomes swollen, but no vivid signs of inflammation are detected. In patients with arthrosis, the elbow hurts with flexion and maximum extension of the upper limb.

Arthritis is translated into Russian as “joint inflammation.” Accordingly, it is accompanied by all the signs of an acute process. These are pain in the elbow, impaired joint function, redness, swelling and fever in the joint bag.

Gout and chondrocalcinosis, in fact, are one phenomenon: deformation of cartilage surfaces. Roughness on the smooth parts of touching joints increases friction and irritates the receptor apparatus. That is why the elbows hurt in diseases associated with metabolic disorders.

The resulting tumors of muscle, nerve or bone tissue also compress the receptor field and blood vessels that feed the elbow joint.

Inflammatory processes of the connective and muscle tissues are manifested in the same way as lesions of the articular surfaces. Acute pathological changes, one way or another, are manifested by intense pain. However, the elbow does not hurt at all when flexing the ligamentous apparatus from microtrauma. The disease is allocated in a separate form – epicondylitis. This is the so-called “tennis player’s elbow.” It occurs in people who are not related to this sport.

With bursitis, a protrusion filled with inflammatory exudate appears in the area of ​​the elbow joint. Outwardly resembles a hernia, it is characterized by a sharp soreness and a red-purple color.

Cubital canal syndrome, or tunnel syndrome, appears when the ulnar nerve is compressed in the region of the ulnar canal. When a nerve is damaged, pain in the elbow joint occurs regardless of physical activity. The main manifestation of the pathology is a feeling of numbness that extends to the shoulder and little finger.

With coronary heart disease, pain in the elbow extends to the region of the forearm of the left hand. They have an irradiation character.

With hemophilia, due to bleeding disorders, hemorrhages occur in the joint bag. Blood elements irritate the articular surfaces and provoke the growth of granulations, which exacerbate the pressure on the joint. Hemarthrosis develops, prone to suppuration and the formation of a scar-adhesive process. With hemophilia, pain in the joint of the elbow is acute and difficult to treat with non-narcotic pain medications.

An intervertebral hernia, as a result of osteochondrosis, compresses the nerve bundles coming from the trunk of the spinal cord. When a disc herniation appears in the thoracic region, pain is felt in the elbow on the affected side of the spine. A distinctive feature in lesions of the nerve bundle is the prevalence of pain: from the shoulder girdle to the elbow joint. A patient suffering from a hernia of the intervertebral disc can wake up at night from pain in the elbow, and this happens without any movement of the hand. Pain begins in the neck and instantly passes to the elbow joint.

Neuritis of the ulnar nerve often accompanies tunnel syndrome, but can develop independently. Symptoms of inflammation of the nervous tissue are not limited to pain, but lead to a loss of sensitivity and atrophy of muscle tissue. With a prolonged course of the disease, the muscles weaken so much that between the ulnar and radius the cavity forms in the form of a groove on the forearm.

Elbow pain, treatment

For pain in the elbow joint, consult a doctor. A joint pathologist is involved in a traumatologist, and a neuropathologist is involved in problems with motor activity.

In cases of injury, you need to know about the first aid that you need to provide to the victim. For pain in the elbows, treatment in terms of first aid is limited to applying cold to the bruised area. To do this, a hot water bottle or ice from the refrigerator will do. If there is no first-aid kit at hand, an impromptu bandage in the form of a scarf should be applied to ensure peace for the injured hand. Even a specialist cannot repair a dislocation of a complex joint without X-ray examination, since there is the possibility of rupture of the ligaments.

When the cause of elbow pain is known, treatment is prescribed by a doctor of the appropriate profile. If suppuration or hemorrhage in the joint occurs, a puncture is performed followed by pumping out the contents of the joint bag.

Therapeutic treatment is to prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. With acute pain in the elbow, all sorts of physical exercises are contraindicated, but physiotherapy is effective.

Anatoly Kudravets

Anatoly Kudravets, Orthopedic Traumatologist. He works with severe cases, practices operative methods of treating connective tissues

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