What Causes Elbow Pain And How To Treat It?

Elbow Pain
Written by Nancy

Like all joints in the human body, the elbow is susceptible to injury either due to overuse, regular wear and tear over time, or some kind of trauma.

The elbow is a complex joint where three bones come together joined by ligaments and tendons, surrounded by nerves and blood vessels. So if you’re suffering from elbow pain, there’s a whole myriad of things that could have gone wrong.

Let’s talk about the possible underlying causes behind elbow pain and the treatment options you can utilize to return to a pain free, healthy lifestyle.

Causes and Treatments for Elbow Pain

While in younger patients, the most likely cause of elbow pain is light trauma which can be best treated with rest and time; for older patients, there is likely a more serious cause to blame which requires medical attention. The following are the types of causes you should know about:


The most common form of trauma that requires immediate attention is either a dislocation or fracture of the elbow.

A dislocation is when one of the bones that make up the elbow is knocked out of place. Fractures are when the bones break at the elbow and are quite commonly caused by playing contact sports or vehicular accidents.

Either form of trauma will result in severe amounts of pain and a healthcare professional should immediately be contacted. A less serious form of trauma are sprains and strains, caused by stretching or tearing of the muscles or ligaments. Usually this can be treated by using ice and resting the elbow, or using pain relief medicine. If the pain does not dissipate within a day or two, then contact your doctor.


There are several diseases that can cause elbow pain with the common ones being Arthritis, Lupus, and Osteochondritis dissecans.

Arthritis that frequently result in elbow pain are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis or Gout. Rheumatoid Arthritis is where the body’s healthy tissue is attacked by the immune system, while Osteoarthritis results in bones rubbing together due to a breakdown of bone cartilage over time; Gout occurs due to a buildup of uric acid in the body creating crystals in body tissue. Lupus is very similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis to the point where it is difficult to differentiate between the two; however, hands and feet are more commonly affected by this disease.

Lastly, Osteochondritis dissecans causes part of the bone to die and break off, resulting in pain when moving the affected area. This disease mostly occurs in younger people.

For those suffering from elbow pain, Divergent Health’s clinic in Calgary has a complete team of chiropractic specialists, physiotherapists, physicians and other professionals to provide a complete medicinal and therapy based solution.

Unlike traditional clinics, they offer a multidimensional approach to addressing elbow pain by utilizing a mixture of chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, drug therapy, shockwave therapy, and other therapies.

Make an appointment or call 4039098111 today and take the first step towards getting rid of your elbow pain.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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