Pain on bending the arm at the elbow or while doing some work can be due to Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome, bursitis or tendonitis. The location of the pain is a useful guide. In Tennis elbow the pain is on the outer side of arm, and radiates to lateral side of fore arm. Twisting the wrist as in pushing in a screw driver can intensify the pain. Treatment is by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, application or heat or ice and wearing elbow braces. This tends to recur and is then difficult to manage. Physiotherapy and steroid injections at the site are tried. Surgery is taken up as the last option.
In Golfer’s elbow, the tendon attaching the flexor muscles of thumbs and fingers (as in making a fist or holding something) is inflamed at the elbow, where it attaches to the upper arm bone or humerus. This causes pain on forming a fist or flexing and pronating the wrist (turning it palms up). Treatment is by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, application or heat or ice and wearing elbow braces. In cubital tunnel syndrome, the ulnar nerve is compressed at the elbow. This causes numbness of pinky finger and that side of ring finger along with pain on the inner side of forearm. Treatment is usually through physiotherapy.
Please consult an orthopedic specialist or your family doctor. Take care!
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