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2 Potential Pain in the Thumb 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.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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

    2-3 weeks and up to 12 months

    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.Osteochondritis Dissecans

    At joints where bones meet, bones are covered with a layer of cartilage which provides shock absorbance and lubrication. Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition where a piece of cartilage with a thin layer of bone detach from the larger bone, causing pain.

    Conservative treatment should resolve the problem in 3-6 months.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee stiffness, knee instability, knee pain that gets worse during a run, pop in the knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Thumb Side of the Elbow

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

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Pain in the Thumb Side of the Elbow Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 11% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 7% Pain in the Thumb Side of the Forearm
    • 7% Elbow Popping
  • People who have experienced pain in the thumb 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 thumb side of the elbow were most often matched with:

    • 44% Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
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