Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based on your answers, common causes of your joint pain include
degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)
rheumatoid arthritis (or a related condition, such as psoriatic arthritis or Reiter's syndrome)
crystal-induced arthritis such as gout or pseudogout
infection (less likely but always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if swelling is present).
While over-the-counter pain medicines, a brace, rest and ice may be helpful, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms. Continue below to learn more about these and other causes of elbow pain.