Arm Elbow Pain
Arm elbow pain is often experienced by any athlete who uses their arms a lot. The elbow pain can occur to the side of the elbow, at the back of the arm or on top of the elbow.
Arm elbow pain can affect a person’s ability to use their arm to its full extent.
Arm elbow pain Treatment
Whenever you experience arm elbow pain, you should stop all physical activity and put ice on it.
Ice should be used intermittently for the first 72 hours. Later you can use heat on it. You can ice your arm for 5 minutes every hour or several times a day if necessary.
If you continue to have pain in that area you may need to see a doctor.
Most arm elbow pain does not require surgery. It probably stems from elbow tendonitis, a painful condition that if ignored can lead to a ruptured tendon.
The Elbow Joint
The elbow is the joint where the long bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) meet the humerus or upper arm bone in the middle of the arm. The lower part of the tricep, bicep and various forearm muscles cover these bones which work in a hinge-like motion.
When these muscles are overworked for a long period of time through rigorous activity, they can become inflamed. The inflammation can be extremely painful and annoying.
The outer bone of the elbow is called the lateral epicondyle and is part of the humerus bone. The forearm and muscles that are attached to this area are the ones that become inflamed when tendonitis (tennis elbow) occurs.
The inner bone is called the medial epicondyle. When muscles that are attached to this area become inflamed, they create a painful condition known as “golfer’s elbow”.
Arm elbow pain that occurs in the crook of the arm can be a result of a hyperextension injury (any motion or fall that causes the elbow to bend unnaturally in the opposite direction).
Other irritations can occur when the bursa sac at the tip of the elbow becomes inflamed; or when nerve endings become irritated.
Tendonitis is the most common problem among all of these conditions. If you are concerned about any arm elbow pain, you should see your physician. They can accurately diagnose your problem and will usually recommend the use of ice packs on the affected area. They may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or corticosteroids.
Arm braces can also be used to support the injured area and relieve the pressure.
Most tendonitis or arm elbow pain will usually go away in 2-4 weeks. If you are still having problems, physical therapy may be recommended. Whenever you develop pain in this area, you should stop all physical exercise or sport and rest your arm.