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Elbow Pain

Based on your answers, common causes of your joint pain include

  • degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis)

  • rheumatoid arthritis (or a related condition)

  • crystal-induced arthritis, such as gout or pseudogout

  • ulnar neuropathy (numbness and/or tingling raises the possibility of ulnar neuropathy or other nerve problem)

  • infection (less likely when multiple joints are involved, but always a possibility when pain is significant, especially if swelling is prominent).

One or more of these conditions may be present at the same time.

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.

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