Outside elbow pain

Pain on the outside of the elbow or lateral side can be acute or chronic it can also be referred via the nervous system. The lateral collateral ligament is associated with pain at the lateral elbow and can either be from a direct blow or can be torn from a landing force. The soft tissue, tendons (tennis elbow), nerves (radial tunnel syndrome), bursa (bursitis) and bones (humerus and radius) can all cause outside pain to the elbow and the pain can be constant or intermittent.

Swelling from the synovium or across the joint can also cause lateral elbow pain. A fractured radius or hypomobile (stiff) radio-ulnar joint can also produce pain laterally. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Tennis Elbow

    Tennis Elbow

    Tennis Elbow is a general term used to describe pain on the outside of the elbow. The most common causes is inflammation or degeneration of the tendon of the wrist extensor muscles as they insert into the elbow. It is also known as lateral epicondylitis or extensor tendinopathy.

  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome

    Radial Tunnel Syndrome

    Radial tunnel syndrome or radial nerve entrapment as it is sometimes called is when the radial nerve gets compressed or restricted in the tunnel it passes through.

  • Radiohumeral Bursitis

    Radiohumeral bursitis can also give similar symptoms to tennis elbow. This is inflammation of a bursa or small sack of fluid which sits between the tendon and the bone to help lubricate it.

  • Lateral Elbow Pain

    Tennis Elbow or llateral epicondylitis is probably the most commonly used term for describing pain on the outside of the elbow. However, there are a number of other causes of lateral elbow pain which should be considered. Other potential causes of pain on the outside of the elbow include referred pain, radial tunnel syndrome, synovitis, bursitis and osteochondritis dissecan.