The elbow is one of the most complex joints in the body because of its many functions. Without it, you couldn't bend or extend your arm, or rotate your palm upward or downward.
Because of the elbow's many uses - and misuses - it can easily become injured due to overuse.
Usually, an elbow injury doesn't require immediate medical attention. In fact, many injuries can be treated simply with rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medications. But if you are still in pain or if your pain worsens after two days of self-treatment, you should seek medical care immediately.
Although it is rare, elbow injuries can become more serious. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately:
- Tingling/numbness in the fingers
- Loss of motion in the elbow and forearm
- Cold/clammy skin
- Weakened pulse
- Significant loss of grip strength
Common Elbow Injuries