Noninvasive pain management techniques are nonsurgical methods for relieving pain, stiffness and inflammation. Pain occurs when nerve endings containing pain receptors are damaged or irritated. Deep tissue or surface pain is called “nociceptive pain.” Subcategories of nociceptive pain include visceral and somatic pain. Broken bones, sprains, bruises and inflammation found in spinal arthritis or infection are examples of somatic pain.

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Causes of Elbow Pain

Also called “tennis elbow,” tendonitis affects large tendons attached to your elbow from your forearm’s muscles. Repetitive motions cause most tendinitis conditions diagnosed by your elbow pain doctor in Jersey City. Tendinitis inflames tendons, but should not restrict your range of motion, since the inner elbow joint is not injured. For people suffering chronic tendonitis, x-rays may show development of calcium deposits within tendons or other elbow joint abnormality that may require the attention of an elbow surgeon in Jersey City.

Between the olecranon (the bone at the back of your elbow) and your skin lies fluid-filled sacs called bursae that facilitate skin moving freely over this pointy bone. Normally, your elbow’s bursae are flat, until they become inflamed or irritated by trauma, prolonged pressure (leaning on your elbow for extended periods) or infections caused by skin wounds that allow bacteria to infect bursae. In addition, gout is a medical condition commonly associated with bursitis.

Initial symptoms of bursitis are swelling and pain. Swelling may become large enough to restrict bending the elbow if not treated by an elbow pain doctor in Staten Island.

Elbow Sprains
Tear or stretch injuries to elbow ligaments will “sprain” the elbow and cause stiffness and pain. Hyperextended or jammed elbows often result in a sprained elbow that usually responds to rest and ice. However, complete or multiple ligament tears may require a professional evaluation by an elbow surgeon in New York City.

If you suspect you have pain in any of these areas, it's important to consult a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate management.