Elbow Pain: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Navigate through the sections below to learn all about getting to the root cause of your elbow pain!

Elbow Pain Symptoms

  • Crepitation with movement
  • Elbow pain
  • Elbow popping
  • Loss of motion
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Numbness in fingers
  • Muscle spasms
  • Referral forearm pain

These symptoms can be signs of the following elbow pain conditions caused by elbow Soft Tissue Injury that we commonly treat with S.T.A.R. Therapy.


Causes of Elbow Pain

  • Osteochondral defect
  • Tendinosis/tendinitis
  • Ulnar nerve irritation
  • Bursitis
  • Brachioradialis
  • muscle tear
  • Joint degeneration
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Loose bodies

Elbow Pain Treatment

Many patients with chronic elbow pain tell us their doctors told them they have tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis. The latest treatment for this condition is the dreaded cortisone shot! Cortisone weakens tissue, whereas S.T.A.R. Therapy strengthens tissue. Cortisone has temporary effects in regard to pain control whereas S.T.A.R. Therapy has permanent effects. However, cortisone does have one permanent effect: continual use will permanently weaken tissue. Anyone receiving long-term prednisone or cortisone shots will confirm this fact.

If medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) or lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is causing elbow pain, the muscles that attach to these areas are attempting to repair themselves, causing inflammation. The treatment should not be to “anti-inflame,” as is the case with cortisone or with anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. The correct treatment is to strengthen the muscle attachments that are inflamed due to the body’s attempt to strengthen the area. The muscles that extend the wrist attach at the lateral epicondyle and the muscles that flex the wrist attach at the medial epicondyle.

S.T.A.R. Therapy strengthens these muscle attachments is very effective in eliminating chronic elbow pain.

Our Research for Elbow Pain

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