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Pain in The Outside of The Elbow Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your pain in the outside of the elbow symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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6 Possible Pain In The Outside Of The Elbow Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in the outside of the elbow. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Ulnar nerve entrapment of elbow

Ulnar nerve entrapment of elbow is also called cubital tunnel syndrome. The ulnar nerve begins at the spinal cord in the neck and runs down the arm into the hand. This very long nerve can become compressed, or entrapped, by other structures at certain points along the way. Entrapment often happens in the cubital tunnel, which is the narrow passage at the inside of the elbow.

The exact cause for entrapment may not be known. Fluid buildup and swelling inside the elbow; previous elbow fracture or dislocation; or leaning on the elbow for long periods of time can put pressure on the ulnar nerve inside the cubital tunnel.

Symptoms include numbness and tingling of the hand and fingers, sometimes leading to weakness and even muscle wasting in the hand.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, x-ray, and nerve conduction studies.

Treatment begins with wearing a supportive brace and adjusting activities to avoid further irritating the nerve. Surgery is usually not needed unless the nerve compression is causing weakness and loss of use in the hand.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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.

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

Elbow (olecranon) bursitis

Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. Olecranon bursitis, or elbow bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursa right on the angle of the elbow, causing pain.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one elbow, swollen elbow, warm and red elbow swelling, elbow pain from an injury, elbow bump

Symptoms that always occur with elbow (olecranon) bursitis: swollen elbow

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Elbow sprain

An elbow sprain is an injury of the tendons or muscles of the elbow.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: elbow pain, elbow pain from an injury

Symptoms that always occur with elbow sprain: elbow pain from an injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

Elbow bruise

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the elbow are common, often due to minor injury.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: constant elbow pain, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from an injury, recent elbow injury, swollen elbow

Symptoms that always occur with elbow bruise: recent elbow injury, elbow pain from an injury, constant elbow pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Overuse elbow injury related to throwing motion

Overhand throwing places extremely high stresses on the elbow. In baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes, these high stresses are repeated many times and can lead to serious overuse injury.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: pain in one shoulder, shoulder pain from overuse, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from overuse, pain in the pinky side of the elbow

Symptoms that always occur with overuse elbow injury related to throwing motion: pain in one elbow, elbow pain from overuse

Urgency: Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In The Outside Of The Elbow

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • How would you explain the cause of your elbow pain?
  • Do you currently smoke?
  • Where does your elbow hurt most?
  • Do you work with your hands for a lot of the day? (e.g. at a computer, doing manual tasks, etc.)

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In The Outside Of The Elbow Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the elbow have also experienced:

  • 16% Elbow Pain
  • 11% Dull Elbow Pain
  • 8% Pain In One Elbow

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the elbow were most often matched with:

  • 60% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Of Elbow
  • 20% Golfer'S Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • 20% Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the elbow had symptoms persist for:

  • 39% Over a month
  • 20% Less than a week
  • 18% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.