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Elbow Sprains

Receive Quality Care for Elbow Sprains

An elbow sprain occurs when a ligament in the elbow is excessively stretched or torn.

An experienced orthopedic specialist can assess symptoms of an elbow strain and provide fast, effective treatment.

Elbow Sprain Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of an elbow sprain can begin at the time of the injury or may develop shortly after. They include:

  • Pain in the elbow, either while resting or during movement
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation around the elbow
  • Difficulty moving the elbow
  • Limited range of motion

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, speak with your doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Elbow Sprain Causes

Elbow sprains occur when too much force is suddenly placed on your elbow. This could be the result of:

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • A direct hit or blow to the elbow
  • Excessive physical activity involving the elbow, such as repeated lifting, yard work, or operating heavy equipment
  • Sudden motion or twisting of the arm at the elbow

Elbow Sprain Treatment

Treatment of elbow sprains often starts with the RICE approach:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compress
  • Elevate

Your doctor may recommend you take an over-the-counter pain reliever and use a sling to support your arm and elbow. Although not common, a cast may be necessary to immobilize the elbow.

Sprained elbows are most often the result of an accident, but you may be able to prevent elbow sprains by warming up and stretching before sports or physical activities. Wear protective equipment such as elbow pads when playing contact sports. During your regular workouts, include exercises to strengthen your balance and help lower your risk of falls that could make your elbow vulnerable to injury.

Orthopedic specialists at UPMC offer quality care for elbow sprains in Coudersport, Bradford, Wellsboro, Lock Haven, Muncy, and Williamsport, Pa.