The elbow joins the upper and lower arm allowing it to bend and providing essential function. Many of the large muscles controlling the wrist and finger function originate from the bony prominences of the elbow. Due to the frequency of use and the complexity of control required by these muscles, overuse injuries are common.
Medial Epicondylitis - Pain at the inside (medial) aspect of the elbow and around its bony prominence.
Lateral Epicondylitis - Pain at the outside (lateral) aspect of the elbow and around its bony prominence.
Olecranon Bursitis - Inflammation of the bursa (protective fluid filled sac) which lies over the bony prominence at the back of the elbow.
Sprain - Stretch or tear of a ligament resulting in pain and dysfunction.
Strain - Stretch or tear of a muscle resulting in pain and dysfunction.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment - Irritation or compression of the "funny bone" nerve resulting in numbness and tingling of the little finger and ring finger.
Sharp Pain - Indicates inflammation. This can occur on tendons, bursas or indeed the joint itself.
Ache - Often originates from muscular problems, tightness or overuse.
Restriction - Can occur when the joint itself, ore more commonly secondary to pain associated with muscle and tendon problems.
Weakness - Again, is often associated with pain, or can be directly caused through nerve involvement.
Numbness n Tingling - Indicates nerve involvement.