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Sprained Elbow Overview

Another name for Sprained Elbow is Elbow Sprain.

What is an elbow sprain?
A person with an elbow sprain has stretched or torn one of the ligaments in the elbow joint. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement. Sprains occur when the joint moves beyond the normal range of motion.

What are the symptoms of an elbow sprain?
Symptoms of an elbow sprain may include elbow pain that worsens with movement. Other symptoms include elbow swelling, tenderness, and decreased range of motion in the elbow joint.

How does the doctor treat an elbow sprain?
Treatment for an elbow sprain may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and an elbow splint. With some elbow injuries, you may wish to wear a sling for comfort. Other measures include narcotic pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Severe sprains may require arthroscopic surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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