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Bursitis or a
tendon injury (tendinopathy) in the elbow causes
soreness or pain in the elbow region, particularly when the arm is in motion.
Pressing on the affected area will also cause pain.
The epicondyles are the bony bumps you can feel on the inside and
outside of your elbow. Tendinopathy or epicondylopathy is a term used by a
growing number of tendon experts to describe tendinitis (inflammation) and
tendinosis (microtears) collectively. These terms aren't yet universally used.
Your doctor may still use the term tendinitis or epicondylitis to
describe tendon injuries to the inner or outer elbow. "Tennis elbow" (lateral
epicondylopathy) is a tendon injury that causes pain on the outside of the
elbow. "Golfer's elbow" (medial epicondylopathy) causes pain on the inside of
See a picture of the elbow's
olecranon bursa. Bursitis here causes pain over the point and back of the elbow.
To prevent and ease elbow pain during work, play, or daily
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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