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Elbow Pain

Your elbow is the joint that connects three bones in the middle of your arm:

It functions like a hinge, allowing your arm to move forward and backward. The elbow also twists inward and outward, allowing your arm to rotate. This varied movement requires assistance from a variety of other structures near the elbow:

With so many complex structures working together to ensure proper function for your elbow, there are many ways in which an injury can occur. If any of these structures wear out or sustain damage, you may experience elbow pain.

Common Causes of Elbow Pain

There are many potential causes of elbow pain. A proper diagnosis is crucial to ensuring you receive the most effective treatment for your condition.

One-Time Injuries

In some instances, your elbow pain may be caused by an injury associated with a one-time event. These include:

Wear-and-Tear Injuries

Repetitive motions can result in significant wear and tear to your elbow. These injuries often occur in work environments or from athletic activities, and they can be quite painful. Common examples of repetitive motion injuries include:

You may also develop repetitive use injuries associated with pronation and supination (rotation at the elbow) or from flexion and extension movements. These motions can cause irritation and damage to the muscle, resulting in increased pain.

Nerve Injuries

Damage to nerves in the elbow are common. Common types of nerve injuries include:


Arthritis can develop from inflammation of the elbow joint, causing pain and stiffness which gets worse over time. The most common types of arthritis impacting the elbow include:

Infection and Blood Clots

While less common, you may experience elbow pain from infection in the joint or the tissue surrounding the joint. Blood clots in the arm can also cause elbow pain. These conditions can also result in swelling and fever.

Treatment for Elbow Pain

At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we recommend conservative treatments whenever possible. Depending on the specific cause of your elbow pain, your treatment may include:

If these conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgery may be necessary. Our team will perform all appropriate diagnostic testing prior to your surgical consultation to determine the precise cause and location of your pain. These diagnostic tests will provide your surgeon with the information necessary to plan your procedure.

Restoring a Pain-Free Life

Chronic elbow pain can significantly impact the quality of your life, making it hard to perform routine daily tasks and participate in your favorite activities. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this pain any longer. At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we offer the most advanced treatments to alleviate your elbow pain, helping you enjoy life again.

We’re the only sports, back and pain specialists in the country providing a Connected Care Approach™ specifically designed to get you back to enjoying life faster. This approach involves:

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