Are you worried about your Elbow Pain?
Elbow pain is not usually a sign of any more serious underlying medical conditions. However, if you are experiencing severe pain, numbness, fever or have been in an accident that has caused your arm to change shape, then medical attention should be sought immediately.
Lessen your chances of further aggravating the area by reducing the amount of physical exertion you put it through. Avoid lifting things and rest as much as possible.
If your symptoms are only mild to moderate there are some more things you can try whilst we are resting, these include:
Ice - Using ice packs on the area of injury to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Compress - Wrapping the joint in a bandage or compression sleeve (not too tight)
Elevate - Lying down with the elbow raised can also help to alleviate pain and reduce further swelling.
If you were involved in an accident and heard a loud pop, are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or can see obvious signs of a break or fracture then you should seek medical help immediately.
For less severe cases, pain in your elbow is usually not a sign of an underlying health condition and tends to go away on its own, however, there are instances where seeking a full medical diagnosis may be the best course of action if you have been experiencing your symptoms for a while. These include:
- Having pain that continues to worsen over time
- Being unable to rotate, flex or extend your arm
- Any severe swelling, bruising or discolouration
- Broken arm
- Dislocated elbow
- Golfer's elbow
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow
- Throwing injuries
- Trapped nerves
How to stop elbow pain when sleeping
- Use pillows to support your affected elbow and relieve any tension that may be caused in the upper arm muscles during sleep
- Avoid sleeping on the affected arm by sleeping on your back as this will relieve pressure
- Use a brace to support the affected area
Can elbow pain be serious?
Elbow pain is not usually a cause for concern as there are a number of factors why it may occur and typically eases over time however, if elbow pain persists for a few weeks or the symptoms get worse you should consult with a doctor.