Types of Elbow Injury
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Elbow injuries can be very painful, even when the injury is fairly minor. It is so difficult to avoid using your elbow and aggravating the injury that they tend to be slow to heal and often are made worse by daily activities. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps can relieve your elbow pain and get you on the road to recovery.
Tennis elbow is tendonitis on the outer side of the elbow. The term is sometimes used to refer to muscle pain on the outer side of the elbow as well. The injury occurs when the tendon or muscle becomes inflamed. It is usually caused by overuse but can be caused by abrupt overstretching.
Tennis elbow typically involves microscopic tears causing the inflammation, but can involve a more serious tear.
Tennis elbow is a common tennis and golf injury, but it can happen to anyone.
Golfer's elbow is just like tennis elbow, but affects the inside rather than the outside of the elbow. Golfer's elbow is less common than tennis elbow.
Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a small, slippery sac of fluid that provides cushion between the bone and soft tissue and helps the skin move smoothly and easily over the bone.
The olecranon bursa is on the tip of the elbow. Causes of inflammation and swelling of the olecranon bursa include trauma, such as a blow to the elbow or prolonged pressure on the elbow, infection, and health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Elbow dislocation is rare. It is usually the result of a fall or an accident where the hand is used to cushion the blow and the great force on the hand travels up the arm, dislocating the elbow.
Elbow fracture can be the result of a direct blow to the elbow, falling onto an outstretched hand or wrist, or twisting.
Elbow Sprain or Strain
A sprain is an injury to the ligament, and a strain is an injury to the muscle. Elbow sprains and strains can occur alone or in conjunction with other injuries such as fracture. An elbow sprain can cause looseness in the joint making dislocation more likely to occur.
Elbow sprain and strain often occur while playing racquet sports, throwing sports, and contact sports.
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