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Pamela asked...

I have pain in my elbow area.

I have this terrible pain in my elbow area, it came on suddenly about a week ago and is gradually getting worse, I have tried gels but nothing seems to help.

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The answer

Your elbow pain requires a health care professional to assess the elbow, as we can only provide information with regards to your injury and pain.

A common reason for elbow pain is ‘tennis elbow’ (lateral epicondylitis). This is where the muscles on the back of your forearm attach to a bony point on the outer side of the elbow. If this bony bump is inflamed then you may have tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.

Another common cause for pain at the elbow is known as ‘golfers elbow’ or medical epicondylitis. In medial epicondylitis the muscles on the front of the forearm are attached to the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow and again when the bony bump becomes inflamed it is called epicondylitis. Other common reasons for elbow pain might be sprains, strains and bursitis.

We would suggest a review with your health care professional for an assessment of the damaged area and appropriate treatment.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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