Overview of the Elbow
The elbow is comprised of three bones—the humerus, radius, and ulna—which form three joints allowing for movement and range of motion. The three ligaments supporting the elbow are the medial collateral ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, and the annular ligament; and muscles like the biceps, triceps, brachialis, and pronator teres, which protect the joints in the elbow and allow for flexion and extension. The elbow plays important roles in hand and shoulder function as well.
Pain in the Elbow
- Intense pain with or without elbow movement
- Sharp, shooting pains
- Swelling, redness, or bruising around the elbow
- Difficulty using the elbow, or decreased range of motion
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