Why Does My Elbow Hurt? When to See an Elbow Specialist

We are all busy people. No matter what our profession or responsibilities, we sometimes have a way of filling up our schedule to the point that health takes a back seat. For instance, if your elbow hurts, you are going to ignore it for as long as possible. Sometimes we think that a little movement, stretching, or rest can work out the kinks. But if it doesn’t get better on its own, when is it time to see an elbow specialist?

Whether the pain is sharp, following some trauma like a fall or other accident, or it has been a steady ache that eventually interferes with movement, elbow pain can hold you back from fully participating in your life and activities. These are some of the common elbow injuries that people experience:


·       Sprains, or an injury to the tendons within the elbow

·       Strains, or a pulled muscle caused by overstretching or over-exertion

·       Muscle tears caused by an accident or overuse

·       Fractures to the bones of the arm that meet in the elbow (humerus, radius, or ulna)

·       Dislocation to the joint when it comes out of position and prevents smooth movement

·       Bursitis, swelling behind the elbow due to overuse

·       Tendonitis, when the tendons in the elbow joint become inflamed (includes tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or Little League elbow)

·       Pinched nerve within the joint that can cause pain or numbness and tingling down the arm.

·       Torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), the most common elbow ligament injury for people who throw balls


Because many of these injuries need a correct diagnosis and proper treatment to heal, it is vital that you see an elbow specialist, or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in elbows and other upper body parts. Tucson Orthopaedic Institute in Southern Arizona features Ortho Fast Track to serve patients with acute injuries like broken bones within a few days of the injury. Even same day appointments are available with a physician referral. Our conveniently located facilities have the latest in diagnostic equipment to save valuable time. If your elbow hurts, don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Call the office closest to you with your questions, or schedule an appointment online today.