Bone tumors of the elbow joint are rare. Primary bone cancer can occur. It can be painless or associated with pain in the elbow joint. It is usually detectable by X-ray testing. Nuclear medicine bone scanning can also be helpful for detection.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
The ulnar nerve is the "funny bone" nerve which travels between the tip of the elbow and the inner elbow bone. At this site, the nerve can be "pinched" by normal structures or swollen structures after injury. This pinching is referred to as entrapment. When ulnar nerve entrapment occurs, numbness and tingling of the little and ring finger of the hand may be felt. Pain may occur in the entire forearm, usually the inner side. Hand dexterity can be affected. Sometimes, the numbness is reproduced by elevating the hand. Treatment consists of avoiding repeated trauma or pressure to the elbow area and resting the elbow joint. Occasionally, ice can help. In severe cases, surgical repositioning of the ulnar nerve can be required. This relocates the ulnar nerve to a position where it will not be continually compressed by the surrounding structures.
Elbow Pain at a Glance
- The elbow joint is the area where three long bones come together.
- Tendinitis can affect the inner or outer elbow.
- Treatment of tendinitis includes ice, rest, and medications for inflammation.
- Bacteria can infect the skin of the scraped (abraded) elbow.
- The "funny bone" nerve can be irritated at the elbow to cause numbness and tingling of the little and ring fingers.