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Your Elbow Bruise May Also be Known as:
Bruise on elbow
Bruised elbow
Elbow bruising
Elbow is bruised

Top 4 Elbow Bruise Causes

  1. 1.Elbow Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the elbow are common, often due to minor injury.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant elbow pain, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from an injury, recent elbow injury, swollen elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow bruise:
    recent elbow injury, elbow pain from an injury, constant elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Elbow Sprain

    An elbow sprain is an injury of the tendons or muscles of the elbow.

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

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, elbow pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow sprain:
    elbow pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Diagnosis is made by looking at your symptoms and confirmed with a test of the nerves. Treatment depends on severity. If no weakness, splinting and physical therapy. If weakness, surgery to decompress the nerve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, pain in one hand, numbness in one hand, weakness in one hand, pain in one elbow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, elbow pain, elbow redness, painful elbow swelling, recent elbow injury
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    elbow redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Bruise

  • Q.Is your bruising constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your elbow been bruised?
  • Q.How long has your elbow pain been going on?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

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Elbow Bruise Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow bruise have also experienced:

    • 33% Pain in One Elbow
    • 33% Elbow Pain
    • 33% Swollen Elbow
  • People who have experienced elbow bruise had symptoms persist for:

    • 66% Less Than a Day
    • 33% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced elbow bruise were most often matched with:

    • 40% Elbow Bruise
    • 40% Elbow Sprain
    • 20% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

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