CNY Orthopedic Sports Medicine, PC: ItHurts: Elbow

Body Zone: Elbow: How Badly Are You Hurt?

What is "tennis elbow", and what are the signs, symptoms, and the cause of this condition?
The condition of tennis elbow is known as lateral epicondylitis, or an inflammation and irritation of the bony prominence just above the outside of the elbow. The condition is usually the result of overuse of the forearm and hand. Most cases respond to activity modification, rest, and the use of anti-inflammatory medication.

What is "golfers elbow", and what are the signs, symptoms, and the cause of the condition?
Similar to tennis elbow, this condition is an inflammation or irritation of the site of muscle attachment just above the inside of the elbow. Also a result of overuse, the condition is usually treated with rest and avoidance of the offending activity. Anti-inflammatory medications are used as needed.

I have a swollen, red area on the bottom of my elbow. What is this and is it serious?
The development of a raised, red area on the bottom of the elbow is most likely the result of an irritation of the bursa. The condition is known as olecranon bursitis. Although quite painful, the condition will often respond to the elimination of the repeated or prolonged pressure to the area. Occasionally, the swelling needs to be drained or aspirated to relieve both pressure and pain. This proceedure is frequently followed by the injection of a small amount of steroid into the bursa to effect healing and reduce inflammation.

Tell me about my "funny bone", and why does it cause tingling in my hand?
Hitting one's funny bone is a common occurrance. From the standpoint of elbow anatomy, the numbing sensation is the result of a mild contusion to the ulnar nerve as it passes around the elbow. The term "funny bone" most likely came from the fact that the bone involved is the humerus.

What is "nursemaid's elbow"? What is it, how is it treated, and will it cause permenant injury?
The injury occurs in young children and is typically the result of a forceful pull on the outstretched arm of the child. The medical name for the condition is known as subluxation of the radial head. This means that the end of one of the forearm bones (the radius) is partially pulled out of place at the elbow. Once repositioned (reduced), the child is usually completely free of pain and can use the arm without restriction. There is no lasting damage that occurs from this injury.

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