Elbow Pain and Injuries

Elbow problems include epicondylitis, strains, sprains, fractures, bursitis, and ulnar nerve irritation. Epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendon and may involve the medial or lateral elbow. "Tennis elbow" is lateral epicondylitis. Causes of epicondylitis and strains include over use, repetitive use, forceful grasping activities, and repetitive gripping of objects too tightly. Sports such as tennis and golf can cause epicondylitis.  Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa (fluid filled sac) and may result from a sharp blow to the elbow. Falls may result in sprains and fractures.


May include pain, swelling, diminished range of motion, localized heat or redness, weakness, and numbness or tingling of the forearm and fingers.


Elbow pain or injuries that have resulted from work activities such as repetitive heavy or forceful  use of the arm or contusions or falls that occurred at work need to be evaluated by employee health. Suspected fractures require emergent evaluation. If the employee has elbow pain but is uncertain what is causing it, he/she should have an evaluation by his/her personal physician. If the employee uses a computer at work, he/she should make sure it is set up to fit his or herself. This can be checked by reviewing the Computer Workstation Self Evaluation. These are given to each new employee who does computer work during his/her health screening at employee health. If after reviewing the checklist the employee still has questions, he/she should call the Workers' Compensation unit and arrange for a workstation evaluation. While awaiting medical evaluation the employee may take an over-the-counter agent such as Tylenol or Advil if he/she has no allergic or medical conditions associated with taking these agents.

Work status

If the condition is not occupational, the employee's personal physician is responsible for determining if the employee needs any work restrictions. If employee health is treating the employee, the employee health providerwill make this determination.

EHS Appointment Information

EHS is an appointment based clinic.  Please call our clinic at 734-3572 to inform us of your injury.  At that time and based on your injury we will work on a plan to see you or refer you to the contract urgent care center for a one time visit as an interim measure until an EHS provider will be able to see you.  If it is a non-work related injury, you will be referred to your primary care provider.