Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, ulnar neuropathy (an irritation of the nerve near the elbow) or tendonitis are likely possibilities. Numbness and tingling usually indicate some irritation of a nerve. Since you do not describe significant swelling, the joint itself is less likely to be the main problem. than a problem outside the joint.
To decrease pain, rest the elbow and avoid overuse. Over-the-counter pain medications, a brace, and topical treatments (such as IcyHot, BenGay or ice) may help.
While these measures may help, it is important that you see a physician if symptoms are getting worse or not improving over time. Continue below to learn more about these and other causes of elbow pain.