Elbow pain


Physical discomfort in the elbow joint, or in the muscles, tendons and ligaments supporting it.


Place an ice pack on the area for up to 20 minutes, three times a day. Keep the elbow elevated and wrap in compression bandage to reduce swelling. Pain medicines may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care professional immediately if:

  • Severe pain or swelling.
  • Obvious deformity or suspected bone break.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional if:

  • No improvement with home care.
  • Pain persists or worsens.
  • Redness or swelling.

Last Updated May 24, 2023

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