Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition caused by overuse of the elbow. Racquet sports like tennis can cause tennis elbow, but several other sports and activities can also put you at risk.
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Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
The ulnar nerve sends signals from the neck to the hand and is one of the three main nerves that run through the arm. When the ulnar nerve is compressed, most often in the area behind the inside of the elbow, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers can result. Ulnar nerve entrapment can often be treated non-surgically with bracing and lifestyle changes, but in more severe cases surgery may be recommended.
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Tears of the biceps tendon at the elbow are uncommon, but can result in permanent loss of function in the arm if not treated properly. Surgery is usually recommended to treat tendon tears, but may not always be necessary.
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Sprains, while often mistaken for fractures, are soft-tissue injuries. The most common soft tissues affected by sprains are muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
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When the joint surfaces of an elbow separate, the elbow is dislocated. Elbow dislocations can be complete or partial and are usually the result of the injury.
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A fracture is a broken bone. Bones can be broken in a variety of ways, whether the fracture is complete or partial. Fractures are painful and should be set by a physician to ensure proper healing.