Elbow pain can be as a result of many conditions, as well as a direct injury to the area itself. One of the most common conditions affecting the outside of the joint and forearm is tennis elbow; specific information regarding this condition can be found below.
If the elbow appears very different to the other one, for example it is hot, discoloured, very swollen or misshapen following an injury, it is important to have it properly assessed; often this can be done at your GP surgery without the need for attending the hospital.
However, milder, more general problems will often improve with simple exercises, modifying your activities for a short period and maybe wearing a support.
Information regarding how to self-manage your elbow pain, as well as when it may be necessary to access specialist assessment, are outlined in this section.
Elbow pain is a very common problem but it’s not usually a sign of arthritis or any other underlying medical condition. The information on this website explains what causes elbow pain and what you and your healthcare team can do to ease the problem.