Posterior Elbow Pain
Posterior elbow pain is pain at the back of the elbow and can be acute, meaning sudden onset or can come on gradually over time. A chronic elbow injury may occur following an acute injury which was not treated properly or has failed to heal.
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.
The olecranon is 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.
The triceps tendon at the back of the upper arm inserts into the elbow. Injury can occur to the tendon from overuse or from a sudden impact such as a fall. Tenderness and pain to the back of the elbow are the main symptoms, which can be eased by rest and ice. See more about the symptoms and treatment of this injury.