The elbow is made up of the humerus (arm bone) and the bones that help make up the forearm, the radius and ulna. The elbow is most commonly affected by
tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons).
Common tendonitis of the elbow is termed Tennis elbow (pain over the lateral/outside aspect of the elbow) and Golfer’s elbow (pain over the medial/inside aspect of the elbow). Patients who have recently fallen should be evaluated for fractures, if the bony structures are normal and pain persists, bursitis (inflammation of the bursa-a fluid filled sac that helps to lubricate the joint) must be ruled out. Problems form structures more proximal may also cause elbow pain such as: pain from the shoulder or even the neck referring pain distally into the arm.