Elbow Injuries From Overuse
Many daily activities or sports activities require the arm to be used in a repeated movement. The repeated activity stresses the Reference elbow joint Opens New Window and other tissues and may lead to irritation and inflammation. If this isn't treated and the overuse continues, small tears (microtears) and tissue damage (especially to Reference tendons Opens New Window) may develop.
The following are examples of activities that may lead to an overuse injury.
- Bowling may affect the radial nerve and cause biceps Reference tendinopathy Opens New Window.
- Boxing may cause triceps tendinopathy.
- Football, wrestling, or basketball may cause Reference olecranon bursitis.
- Golf may cause Reference golfer's elbow Opens New Window (medial epicondylitis).
- Gymnastics may cause biceps or triceps tendinopathy.
- Racquet sports may affect the radial and ulnar nerves and may cause triceps tendinopathy, Reference tennis elbow Opens New Window, or golfer's elbow.
- Rowing may affect the radial nerve.
- Skiing may affect the ulnar nerve.
- Swimming may affect the radial nerve.
- Throwing affects the ulnar nerve and may cause triceps tendinopathy, golfer's elbow, or Little Leaguer's elbow in children.
- Weight lifting affects the radial and ulnar nerve and may cause biceps or triceps tendinopathy.
Symptoms of an overuse injury may include:
- A dull ache at the elbow that becomes worse with use of the affected tendon.
- Pain extending down the forearm muscles.
- Pain with lifting when the palm is facing down.
- Pain with grasping and turning, such as opening a jar.
- Pain with extension or flexion of the hand against resistance.
- Pain when applying finger pressure to the tender spot on the elbow.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine