Elbow pain is most commonly caused by injuries. Some people may not remember a specific injury, especially if symptoms developed gradually or during daily activities. Review the structure and function of the elbow to gain a better understanding of elbow injuries. Take a look at a picture of the elbow.
The following activities are the most common causes of elbow injuries:
Most elbow injuries in children occur during sports or play, and are often the result of accidental falls. The risk for injury is higher when your child participates in contact sports such as wrestling, football, soccer; high-speed activities like biking, skating, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding. Elbows, forearms, wrists , hands , and fingers are all susceptible to any type of injury near a joint which may injure their growing end (growth plate) that needs to be evaluated should an older adult sustain one.
A direct blow, penetrating injury, or fall, as well as abnormal twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending of the elbow, can cause an acute injury. Pain can come on suddenly and be excruciating. Soon after the injury, bruising and swelling may appear. The following are examples of acute injuries:
Overuse injuries occur when a joint or other tissue is subjected to excessive stress, often as a result of overdoing or repetition of an activity. The following are examples of overuse injuries:
Pain, redness, swelling, warmth, fever, chills, pus, or swollen lymph nodes in the armpit on that side of your body are all symptoms of an infection of the elbow. A “shooter’s abscess” is an infection that occurs when people inject illegal drugs into their arm veins.
Abuse of the elbow can result in bruises, burns, fractures, cuts, or punctures. When an injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation, when injuries occur repeatedly, or when the explanations for the cause of the injury change, suspect possible abuse.
We know how frustrating it can be to deal with an elbow injury. It’s not just painful, but it also takes a toll on your quality of life. So if you are looking for some relief, contact us today and we will help get you back in the game!
Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!