Elbow Problems & Diagnosis | MG Orthopaedics

Use the flow diagram below as a guide to work out what may be causing your pain and what we recommend you do about it.

Problem Intensity Problem Cause Pain when Location Preliminary Diagnosis Recommendation
Severe
(>8/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting Action Touching or Bending Elbow Back of Elbow Dislocated or Broken Elbow See Emergency Dr & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Front side of Elbow Biceps Tendon Rupture
Medial/ inside Elbow Broken Elbow or Strained Ligament
Lateral/ outside Elbow Broken Elbow or Strained Ligament
Moderate Severity
(6-8/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting Action Touching or Bending Elbow Back of Elbow Moderately Bruised Elbow See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check
Front side of Elbow Strained Biceps
Medial/ inside Elbow Bruised Elbow or Ligaments
Lateral/ outside Elbow Bruised Elbow or Ligaments
Minimal Severity
(<6/10 Pain)
Impact or collision, Fall on Elbow, Lifting Action Touching or Bending Elbow Back of Elbow Minimally Bruised Elbow See your Physio
Front side of Elbow Strained Biceps
Medial/ inside Elbow Bruised Elbow or Ligaments
Lateral/ outside Elbow Bruised Elbow or Ligaments
Problem Intensity Problem Cause Pain when Location Preliminary Diagnosis Recommendation
Severe
(>8/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury to Elbow Strong Constant pain Back of Elbow Severe Elbow Bursitis See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon
Front side of Elbow Severe Elbow Arthritis
Severe Chronic Injury
Touching or Bending Elbow Medial/ inside Elbow Golfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
Nerve entrapment
Lateral/ outside Elbow Tennis Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
Moderate Severity
(6-8/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury to Elbow Moderate Present Pain Back of Elbow Moderate Elbow Bursitis See your GP & Orthopaedic Surgeon Check
Front side of Elbow Moderate Elbow Arthritis
Moderate Chronic Injury
Touching or Bending Elbow Medial/ inside Elbow Moderate Golfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
Nerve entrapment
Lateral/ outside Elbow Moderate Tennis Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
Minimal Severity
(<6/10 Pain)
Disease or Repetitive Injury to Elbow Minimally Present Pain Back of Elbow Minimal Elbow Bursitis See your Physio
Front side of Elbow Minimial Elbow Arthritis
Minimal Chronic Injury
Touching or Bending Elbow Medial/ inside Elbow Minimal Golfers Elbow or Recurrent Ligament Strain
Nerve entrapment
Lateral/ outside Elbow Minimal Tennis Elbow or Ligament Strain