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.
The signs and symptoms of an elbow sprain can begin at the time of the injury or may develop shortly after. They include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, speak with your doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis.
Elbow sprains occur when too much force is suddenly placed on your elbow. This could be the result of:
Treatment of elbow sprains often starts with the RICE approach:
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.