The Not So Funny Bone — Understanding Elbow Joint Injuries

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The Not So Funny Bone — Understanding Elbow Joint Injuries

Referred to as “the funny bone,” the elbow serves a far more profound purpose than most give it credit for. Your elbow is the joint that connects the three large arm bones and is responsible for your arm’s movement and rotation ability. Understanding the complexity of this joint–and the associated injury risks–starts with an understanding of what comprises your elbow joint.

The Elbow’s Components:

Biceps: The biceps muscle group is the muscle group responsible for allowing the “hinge” motion in the elbow joint. Hinge motion is the term used to describe the elbow’s ability to move the arm forward and backward, like a hinge.

Triceps: The triceps are the muscle group that allows the elbow joint to extend outward during this hinge motion.

Tendons: Attach to the joint to facilitate rotation and movement.

Bursa: A fluid-filled sac that overlies the tip the elbow and helps to reduce friction during movement.

Common Elbow Injuries:

Due to the complexity of the elbow joint, injury is fairly common among athletes. The most common injuries seen by NJ Joint specialists are as follows.

Bursitis: Caused by acute impact on the edge of the elbow, bursitis is an incredibly painful condition that produces swelling and pain and often requires a physician for medical treatment.

Tennis Elbow: Technically known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow results from overuse of the extensor muscles in the forearm and often presents as gradually increasing pain. If treated early enough, patients can often feel relief from rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If left untreated, an NJ Joints treatment specialist is required for healing.

Muscle Strains: The biceps, triceps, forearm flexors, and extensor muscles are the most commonly injured elbow muscles. The most severe of these injuries is a muscle tear that requires non-invasive surgical intervention.

Contacting an NJ Joint Care Specialist For Treatment:

If you’re experiencing persistent elbow pain that is not responding to rest, ice, compression, or elevation, contact a specialist at NJ Joints today to get treated immediately. Our team will accurately diagnose the injury and offer you the least invasive treatment option possible. Visit our website or call to request an appointment.


Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.