The most common cause of elbow pain is overuse. Many day-to-day activities and hobbies involve repetitive motion and use of the elbow joint. After repeating these motions for an extended period of time, irritation on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles can develop. This leads to nagging pain in the joint and surrounding muscles.

Overuse Inflammation

Sports and recreational activities, especially those with repetitive movements like bowling, golf, and weightlifting, can leave the elbow susceptible to nagging pain and injury. Bending the elbow over and over again, while simultaneously adding stress or pressure, can cause adhesions to build up around the joint. These adhesions may lead to painful inflammation.


Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, a small sack that is filled with lubricating fluid located in between tissue like muscles, bones, or tendons. Everyday activities that involve bending the elbow repeatedly can produce friction on the bursa and cause it to become painfully inflamed.

Trapped Nerves

Whether caused by overuse or blunt force, sometimes nerves can become trapped in between bone or tissue. These trapped nerves can cause a tingling or painful sensation in the elbow.

How To Avoid Elbow Pain

One of the easiest ways to avoid elbow injuries is also the simplest: stretching. By stretching and warming up your muscles or tendons before using them for an extended period of time, your body will be ready for almost anything you can throw at it.

You can also improve the strength of the rest of the arm, like the wrist, shoulder, and back muscles, to help balance and protect the tendons and ligaments in the elbow.

If your elbows are still hurting, make an appointment at Airrosti today and we’ll fix your pain fast. Our providers will take the time to accurately diagnose and treat the root cause of your pain, and they’ll help guide and educate you on how to accelerate your healing. Before you know it, your pain will be gone and you’ll be back doing what you love.

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