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Injury of the Elbow Overview

Another name for Injury of the Elbow is Elbow Injury.

What is an elbow injury?
A person with an elbow injury has damage to the structures in the elbow, caused by an injury. An elbow injury may involve the muscles, tendons, bone, or ligaments that support the elbow joint. Common elbow injuries include elbow sprain, elbow contusion, and elbow fracture. Soft tissue elbow injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of an elbow injury?
Symptoms of an elbow injury may include elbow pain, elbow swelling, bruising, and tenderness. The elbow may appear deformed. Other symptoms include hand numbness (unilateral) or hand weakness (unilateral).

How does the doctor treat an elbow injury?
The treatment for elbow injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for an elbow injury may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and immobilization in a cast or splint. Surgery may be required for some elbow fractures.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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