Harvard Health Letter

Quick fixes for aching elbows

Many older adults may not consider elbow health important. But elbow pain can keep a person from getting dressed, cooking dinner, and anything else that requires the use of the arm. Common causes of elbow pain are tendinitis, fractures from falling onto an outstretched arm, arthritis, sprains, and bursitis—inflammation of the fluid-filled joint cushions called bursae. Quick fixes for elbow pain include rest, heat therapy, stretching, and wearing a brace. Strengthening the muscles that surround the elbow can help prevent injury.
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