Elbow pain is one condition that is not necessarily caused by an underlying disease or major injury. In addition to obvious causes like dislocations, fractures, sprains and strains, elbow pain can be caused by trapped nerves, pressure or leaning on elbows, trying new exercises, or even mundane tasks like desk work.
As people age, conditions like bursitis and osteoarthritis can certainly contribute to elbow pain.
Bursitis refers to an inflammation of the fluid-filled pads (bursae) that act as cushions at the joint. Symptoms include pain on movement and joint pain. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down. Symptoms are similar to bursitis, but often include stiffness.
“Golfer’s Elbow” and “Tennis Elbow” are common conditions, experienced by athletes and sports people. In the case of Golfer’s Elbow, one generally experiences pain or stiffness on the inner side of the elbow (and sometimes wrist pain). Tennis Elbow refers to an irritation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscle to the elbow. Symptoms include elbow pain, fatigue and muscle weakness.