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Your Pain in Both Elbows May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in my both elbows
Both elbows ache
Both elbows discomfort
Both elbows hurts
Both elbows pain
Both elbows soreness
Painful both elbows
Sore both elbows

Top 3 Pain in Both Elbows Causes

  1. 1.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

    Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by resting your arm for 2-3 weeks and avoid the activity that causes your symptoms. You may also put ice on the outside of your elbow 2-3 times a day and take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin, as needed. Contact your physician if home treatment does not relieve the pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, hand weakness, pain in the thumb side of the elbow, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

    Medial epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow) is similar to it's opposite cousin (Lateral Epicondylitis- Tennis Elbow). Both are caused by the overuse of the elbow, but this one is more frequent in golfers, bowlers, archers, and weight lifters.

    You can safely treat this condition on your. Treatment is conservative (physical therapy, Ibuprofen, rest, and a brace) for 6-12 months, after which surgery might become an option.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from overuse, pain in the pinky side of the elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Diagnosis is made by looking at your symptoms and confirmed with a test of the nerves. Treatment depends on severity. If no weakness, splinting and physical therapy. If weakness, surgery to decompress the nerve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, pain in one hand, numbness in one hand, weakness in one hand, pain in one elbow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Elbows

  • Q.Is your elbow pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your elbow pain been going on?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your elbow pain?

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Pain in Both Elbows Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both elbows have also experienced:

    • 7% Pain in Both Shoulders
    • 3% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 3% Pain in the Upper Arm
  • People who have experienced pain in both elbows had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Week
    • 16% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both elbows were most often matched with:

    • 55% Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    • 24% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 20% Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

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