A sore elbow may occur due to a labor intensive job, a sports injury or just normal wear and tear. Elbow injuries can be minor or major and may incorporate symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, or decreased range of motion. Injuries are the most common cause of elbow pain. Often, sore elbow may be due to the frequent jobs on an everyday basis that needs a taut grip on an object with extreme wrist extension such using construction/gardening tools, playing tennis, doing different kinds of physical effort tasks, or in case if a person had begun a sport or exercise, recreational activity. If the elbow soreness or pain is mild, it can be treated at home. However, in case of serious elbow injury, proper medical attention is required.
Tennis elbow is a general term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain. Tennis elbow is caused by either sudden or slight injury of the muscle and sinew area surrounding the elbow. Tennis elbow is the most common type of elbow injury that is related to the elbow soreness.
Treating a sore elbow will depend upon the place, type, and severity of the injury, age and health condition of the person. It also depends on the work, sports, or hobbies of the person. There are some treatments which can be done in minor injuries. They are:
Common first aid measures such as applying antiseptic lotion or ointments, taking a pain killer will be adequate for minor injuries.