There is one major link between the hand and shoulder—the elbow. The purpose of the elbow is to allow the hand and wrist to be positioned to perform a variety of functions. The use and positioning of the hand depends pretty much on how well the elbow works.

The elbow is made up of three joins and many ligaments, muscles and tendons.

The signs and symptoms of an elbow problem can expand down to the wrist and fingers and up to the shoulder and neck.

Most elbow problems are treatable, including:

Fractures: traumatic, avulsion, stress
Lateral Epicondylitis/Medical Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers elbow)
Nerve entrapments
Ligament sprains
Elbow stiffness
Muscle strains
Repetitive strain injury