If you have elbow pain, one of several disorders could be the culprit. Overuse and sports injuries cause many elbow conditions. Golfers, baseball pitchers, tennis players, and boxers often have elbow disorders.
Problems with range of motion
Difficulty bending the elbow
A locking sensation in the elbow
A grating sound during movement
Bursitis (joint inflammation)
Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
Sprains and strains.
Treatment varies depending on the elbow disorder and symptoms you experience. Most elbow disorders require conservative treatment. Surgery is a last resort if your symptoms don’t improve. Your treatment options include:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Braces or immobilization
Most elbow disorders are the result of overuse and injury. You can prevent them by:
Correcting improper sport techniques
Using a proper-sized grip on sports equipment
Using proper tension on racquets
Warming up and stretching properly
Using elbow padding
It’s also important to take breaks from repetitive tasks. Practice exercises that can help strengthen the muscles around your elbow joint. Talk to your doctor for advice and recommendations.