Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Based upon your answers, your elbow pain could be due to tendonitis or a sprain, and it may improve on its own over time.
To decrease pain, rest the elbow and avoid those activities that seem to aggravate the pain; an "air splint" or brace may be helpful. Over-the-counter pain medications, topical treatments (such as IcyHot or BenGay) or the application of ice may also provide some relief.
If symptoms are getting worse or do not resolve, consult your physician.
More information about your elbow pain may be helpful to better understand why it is hurting.