Elbow pain may be caused by tendinitis, bursitis, fractures, sprains, arthritis, cellulitis, tumors, and ulnar nerve entrapment.
Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) is inflammation at the point where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony prominence of the inner elbow.
Little League elbow is an overuse injury which occurs in young baseball players who throw the ball too hard or too often. Forearm muscles used to throw the ball constantly pull on the medial epicondyle and the soft growth center can be pulled apart.
Tennis elbow is a painful overuse injury, with inflammation of the large tendons which attach the forearm muscles to the outer bony portion of the elbow, called the lateral epicondyle.
The bones of the elbow (humerus, radius and ulna) can break (fracture) in or adjacent to the elbow joint.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops due to compression or pressure on the ulnar nerve, which runs just below the skin’s surface along the medial elbow, also known as the “funny bone”.
Biceps tendonitis is an inflammation, irritation or tissue destruction of the upper biceps tendon, which can result in pain to the frontal portion of the elbow.
Arthritis is chronic inflammation of a joint with eventual cartilage breakdown. In the elbow, inflammation can occur as a result of many systemic forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid, gouty or psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis.