Most elbow pain results from overuse injuries. 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:

  1. Broken arm
  2. Bursitis
  3. Cubital tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the ulnar nerve on the inside of your elbow is irritated or injured
  4. Dislocated elbow
  5. Dislocation
  6. Elbow fracture
  7. Golfer's elbow
  8. Ligament sprains and tears
  9. Little league elbow syndrome (pitcher's elbow) — an injury mainly affecting children and rapidly growing adolescents involved in throwing sports such as baseball
  10. Olecranon bursitis — inflammation of a small sac of fluid (olecranon bursa) on the tip of your elbow
  11. Osteoarthritis
  12. Osteochondritis dissecans
  13. Rheumatoid arthritis
  14. Radial tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the radial nerve becomes compressed just beyond your elbow (sometimes called resistant tennis elbow)
  15. Sprains and strains
  16. Stress fractures
  17. Tendinitis
  18. Tennis elbow
  19. Throwing injuries
  20. Trapped nerves

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Apr. 09, 2013