What Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is pain or inflammation on the outside of the arm near the elbow, where the muscles and tendons in the forearm attach to the elbow’s bony area. In some cases, a partial tear of a tendon, which attaches the muscles to the bone of the elbow, may occur. Pain can be felt in the elbow, forearm, wrist, or back of hand.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is pain or inflammation on the inside of the arm near the elbow, where the muscles and tendons in the forearm attach to the elbow’s interior bony area. In some cases, a partial tear of the tendon, which attaches the muscles to the bone of the elbow, may occur. Pain can be felt in the elbow, forearm, wrist, or fingers.
What is Ulnar Neuropathy?
Ulnar neuropathy is a condition in which the ulnar nerve, a major nerve that runs from the neck along the outside edge of the arm into the hand, becomes inflamed due to compression of the nerve. The inflammation causes tingling, numbness, weakness and pain primarily along the elbow, underside of the forearm, wrist or outside edge of the hand, extending towards the pinky and ring fingers. This condition is sometimes referred to as “handlebar palsy” or “bicycler’s neuropathy” since it is a common injury found in cyclists due to repetitive gripping of a bicycle’s handlebars.
What is an Elbow Sprain/Strain?
An elbow sprain or strain involves an injury to the soft tissues of the elbow. Sprains involve injury to one or more of the three ligaments (the bands of tissue that connect bones together) within the joint, the radial or ulnar collateral ligaments or the annular ligament of radius. Strains refer to injuries of muscles and tendons surrounding the joint, the lateral or medial epicondyle. Sprains of the elbow are less common than strains. Common elbow strains include conditions such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.
What is Olecranon Bursitis?
Olecranon bursitis is a condition in which the bursa, the fluid filled sac located at the tip of the elbow between the bones of the elbow and the skin, becomes inflamed. The function of the bursa is to allow the skin to move freely over the bones in the elbow but when this area is inflamed, pain develops and it may be difficult to move the elbow freely.