Elbow Sprain

Anatomy of the Elbow

The elbow is a complex hinge joint formed by the articulation of three bones – humerus, radius and ulna. The upper arm bone or humerus connects the shoulder to the elbow, forming the upper portion of the hinge joint. The lower arm consists of two bones, the radius, and the ulna. These connect the elbow to the wrist to form the lower portion of the hinge joint. A joint capsule surrounds the elbow joint, which contains a lubricating fluid called synovial fluid. Ligaments are a group of fibrous tissues that connect one bone to another in the body.

What is an Elbow Sprain?

An elbow sprain is an injury to the soft tissues of the elbow. It is caused due to stretching or tearing (partial or full) of the ligaments that support the elbow joint.

Causes of Elbow Sprains

The various causes of an elbow sprain are:Elbow Sprain

Symptoms of Elbow SprainsElbow Sprain

The common symptoms of an elbow sprain include:

Grades of Elbow Sprains

Elbow sprains are graded depending upon the severity of the symptoms asElbow Sprain

Severe elbow sprains can lead to elbow dislocation or joint instability.

Diagnosis of Elbow Sprains

Your doctor will take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough physical examination of your injured elbow. An X-ray of the elbow may be necessary to rule out any fractures or other disease conditions. Rarely, an MRI may be ordered.Elbow Sprain

Treatment options for Elbow SprainsElbow Sprain

The treatment for an elbow sprain is as follows:Elbow Sprain

Prevention of Elbow Sprains

There are measures to prevent elbow injuries.Elbow Sprain