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Elbow Pain

The elbow is the joint where three long bones meet in the middle portion of the arm. The bone of the upper arm (humerus) meets the inner bone of the forearm (ulna) and the outer bone of the forearm (radius) to form a hinge joint. The radius and ulna also meet in the elbow to allow for rotation of the forearm.

Elbow pain is often caused by overuse. Many sports, hobbies and jobs require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. Elbow pain may occasionally be due to arthritis, but in general, your elbow joint is much less prone to wear-and-tear damage than are many other joints.

Common causes of elbow pain include:

Broken arm
Bursitis
Dislocated elbow
Golfer's elbow
Osteoarthritis
Osteochondritis dissecans
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sprains and strains
Stress fractures
Tendinitis
Tennis elbow
Throwing injuries
Trapped nerves