Back of the elbow pain

Pain on the back of the elbow can be from a direct blow, referred or an injury to the area or surrounding structures. Triceps brachii muscle injuries such as a strain or tear will have pain at the back of the elbow if low enough. The tendon of the triceps can also cause back elbow pain if an acute or chronic injury as occurred. An olecranon bursitis where it protects the back of the elbow can elicit pain in the area.

Radial or ulnar fracture can also cause pain at the back of the elbow and are common when falling if enough force as occurred. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Ulna Nerve Contusion

    Ulna Nerve Contusion

    The ulnar nerve runs down the inside of the elbow. If you knock the inside of the elbow, you can hit the ulnar nerve (or funny bone) which causes a numbness or tingling down the forearm into the fourth and fifth fingers. When this nerve becomes trapped or damaged through repetitive strain or a direct impact, it creates this sensation and can cause elbow pain.

  • Elbow Bursitis - Students Elbow

    Elbow Bursitis

    Elbow bursitis also known as Students elbow or Olecranon bursitis is the inflammation and swelling of the bursa which protects the end of the ulna bone at the back of the elbow. Repeatedly leaning on elbows (like many students do) can cause pain as the bursa can become inflamed. This elbow injury could also be caused by a direct impact. Read more on the symptoms, causes and treatements for this injury.

  • Olecranon Fracture

    Olecranon Fracture

    The olecranon process the large bony prominence at the back of the elbow on the ulna forearm bone. It is usually fractured from a direct impact or fall onto a bent elbow. Intense elbow pain, swelling and tenderness at the back of the elbow are common symptoms of this injury. Read more on the treatment of Olecranon fracture.

  • Triceps Tendon Inflammation

    Triceps Tendon Inflammation

    The triceps tendon at the back of the upper arm inserts into the elbow. Injury can occur to the tendon from sudden impact such as a fall or overuse. Tenderness and pain to the back of the elbow are main symptoms, which can be eased by rest and ice. See more about the symptoms and treatment of this injury.

  • Lateral Elbow Pain

    The most common term for pain on the outside of the elbow is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). However, there are a number of other causes of lateral elbow pain which should be considered as well as acute elbow injuries such as ligament sprains and fractures. Other potential causes of pain on the outside of the elbow include referred pain, radial tunnel syndrome, synovitis, bursitis and osteochondritis dissecans.