New onset of Elbow pain
I have new elbow pain, what should I do?
Do not panic. There are many reasons as to why your elbow can become painful and mostly these events are nothing to worry about. The elbow is a hinge joint supported by strong muscles and ligaments.
Pain can often be the result of irritation around the soft tissue structures (like ligaments or tendons) or can sometimes be following a slip/trip/fall (trauma). Pain may be at the elbow or into the forearm. You may also have swelling, stiffness or a weaker grip.
This can be easily managed by following some simple steps. Most new elbow pain will resolve in 6-12 weeks.
What else can I do?
You could also try these simple exercises to help maintain good movement and support the muscles around the elbow.
What if I have had a fall?
Please read the "symptoms to check" in the red box on the right of this screen first before using this page.
Symptoms to check
Click the plus sign to see a list of problems that could be a sign you may need to be checked urgently
Get advice from 111 now if your arm/elbow:
- hurts when you exercise but the pain goes away when you rest
- you are experiencing chest pain/tightness with your elbow pain
- is swollen and you have a very high temperature or feel hot and shivery
- is extremely painful and difficult to move
- the pain is severe and started after an injury or accident, like a fall
- you have pins and needles or numbness that won’t go away
- has been injured and you heard a snapping noise or your arm has changed shape