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Elbow Pain


What Causes Elbow Pain?

Elbow pain may be caused by a number of different issues, ranging from overuse to acute injury to a chronic condition. A variety of jobs, hobbies, sports, and physical activities can place stress on the elbow, and frequent repetitive elbow motions may lead to overuse injuries. Some problems cause mild, persistent, or nagging pain, while more traumatic injuries can lead to debilitating pain or limited joint mobility. There are many different types of elbow conditions, and each requires a specific treatment plan.

Some elbow injuries and conditions can be treated conservatively with rest, ice, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. However, if not properly treated, many elbow conditions may become chronic problems.


Common conditions treated by Dr. Potts include:

  • Ulnar collateral ligament injuries (“Tommy John” ligament)
  • Distal biceps tendon rupture
  • Triceps tendon rupture
  • Elbow fractures
  • Elbow dislocations
  • Elbow ligament injuries
  • Cartilage injuries of the elbow
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)