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3 Potential Pain in the Pinky Side of the Elbow Causes

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.

  1. 1.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.

    Mild symptoms resolve on their own, severe disease resolves with surgery

    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

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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.

    6-12 months depending on rest

    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.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.

    6-9 weeks with rest

    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 Pinky Side of the Elbow

  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your elbow pain?
  • Q.Is the pain affecting:
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Pain in the Pinky Side of the Elbow Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the pinky side of the elbow have also experienced:

    • 6% Elbow Pain
    • 6% Dull Elbow Pain
    • 6% Thumb Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the pinky side of the elbow had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the pinky side of the elbow were most often matched with:

    • 20% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 15% Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
    • 3% Overuse Elbow Injury Related to Throwing Motion
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