Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
198 Doctors are Online

Painful lump on the elbow, tenderness. Is this tennis elbow or bone cancer?

User rating for this question
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 8120 Questions
Hi--for the past few weeks, I've had a painful hard bump on the bone on the outside of my elbow. I've also had tenderness from my elbow to my wrist--feels like a strained muscle and hurts if I lift anything. Could this be "tennis elbow"? Not sure how I would have gotten it, but I have been doing some arm exercises using bands (pulling motion). Could the bump be s symptom of bone cancer?
Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 6 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The bump on the outside of your elbow is most likely due to a tennis elbow. A physical examination and X-ray of the area will help in confirming the findings. This is not likely to be due to a bone cancer. Please do not worry.
You can help the symptoms by-
1. Give adequate rest to the arm.
2. Apply cold therapy.
3. Get some anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxants prescribed from your orthopedician.
4. Immobilize the arm for a short period.
5. Neural stretching exercises are helpful under the care of a physiotherapist.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Painful lump on the elbow, tenderness. Is this tennis elbow or bone cancer? 1 hour later
Thank you so much for your response, Dr. Tayal. My symptoms did seem to match everything I have read about tennis elbow, but I was mostly worried about the hard bump on my elbow bone. Can this be a symptom of tennis elbow as well?
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 2 minutes later
Thanks for writing again.
The hard bump can be a sebaceous cyst or a prominent elbow process. Please do not worry. An X-ray will make the diagnosis clear.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor