Elbow Tenderness Overview
What is elbow tenderness?
A person with elbow tenderness has pain when pressure is applied to the skin over the elbow. Elbow tenderness is usually caused by infection, inflammation, or injury to the structures in the elbow. Causes of elbow tenderness include cellulitis, septic arthritis, tendinitis, arthritis, gout, and elbow injury.
What are the symptoms of elbow tenderness?
Symptoms that may occur with elbow tenderness include elbow pain, elbow swelling, elbow stiffness, and elbow redness.
How does the doctor treat elbow tenderness?
Treatment for elbow tenderness depends on underlying cause. Treatment for elbow tenderness may include rest, elevation, cold or warm compresses, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication, and antibiotics. Additional treatment may also include a splint, a cast, a sling, or surgery.
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