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Elbow Sprain

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Last updated November 18, 2021

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What is an elbow sprain?

An elbow sprain is an injury to one or more of the ligaments around the elbow. Elbow ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones of your upper arm and lower arm around your elbow joint. An elbow sprain typically occurs when the arm experiences sudden, forceful stretching during physical activity or an accident.

Rarity: Common

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty bending and extending the elbow

Treatment

You should ice and rest your elbow using the RICE method (rest, ice, use compression, and elevate it). If the pain is too intense, using NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen can relieve the pain.

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