The elbow is a hinge joint made up of the union between the humerus (upper arm bone) and the ulna and radius (forearm bones). The muscles responsible for moving the wrist and fingers attach just below the elbow joint and are often implicated in painful elbow conditions.
Common conditions resulting in pain at the elbow include:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Triceps tendinopathy
- Neural tension – radial, ulnar, median nerves
Due to our reliance on our upper limb for many everyday tasks, elbow conditions are easily aggravated and may become chronic if not assessed and treated appropriately.