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The elbow joint is a hinge joint between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna of the forearm. The joint allows the hand to be positioned towards and away from the body.

Elbow pain can occur quite commonly as a result of trauma, repetitive movements and overuse injuries or start gradually without a known cause.

Common problems include:

  • Lateral Elbow pain (Tennis Elbow) – pain is felt on the outer elbow/arm
  • Golfers Elbow (Medial Elbow pain) – pain is felt on the inner elbow/arm
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cubital Tunnel

Elbow pain problems often respond well to simple advice and self- management. Follow the links below for further information on how to manage these common problems. If your pain is severe or does not improve you may need to contact your GP practice/First contact practitioner.

Having a healthy lifestyle can also help with your recovery and prevent recurrence of symptoms.  You may need to modify your activity until your elbow problem improves however it is important to maintain your general fitness. Follow the links below for more information on this.

When to seek advice

If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111