Most common injury of the elbow and tricks to prevent them

Most common injury of the elbow and tricks to prevent them

March 3, 2023

Your elbow is one of the most complex joints in the body and has many functions. With the help of your elbow, you can bend, extend, and rotate your forearm upward and downward. Because the elbow has many functions, it becomes injured due to overuse.

Most common injuries of the elbow

1. Tennis elbow

  • Overuse injury affects the tendon on the outside of the elbow joint. The common symptoms are painful soreness or burning in the outside elbow, and weaker-than-normal grip strength.
  • You don’t need to be a tennis player to have this injury; you can acquire this by doing yard work, swimming, or even typing.

2. Muscle spasms or cramps

  • A common issue that causes major dysfunction in the elbow.
  • An intense pain inside your elbow when throwing something.
  • It can occur when swinging a tennis racket or throwing a baseball repeatedly.

3. Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury

  • Another type of inner elbow injury commonly affects throwers.
  • UCL damage can reach from a minor tear and ligament to a complete ligament rupture.
  • Baseball players commonly acquire this injury. However, it can also occur in your daily activities such as carrying a heavy grocery bag.

4. Valgus Collateral Overload (VEO

  • Also known as the thrower’s arm. This injury occurs when the bony part of the elbow is forced against the upper bone of the elbow. It happens when the arm twist

5. Olecranon Stress Fracture

  • When the elbow muscles are overused it transfers stress to the bone, leading to a small crack.

6. Ulnar Neuritis

  • Inflammation of the ulnar nerve in the arm, resulting in numbness or weakness in the hand. May cause electric shock traveling to the finger.
  • It includes elbow pain and tenderness, forearm pain, hand numbness, and weakness. Causing weakness of the grip and difficulty with finger coordination.

How to prevent elbow injuries

  • Proper warm-up and body mechanics
  • Maintain Physical Fitness
  • Ergonomics in the workspace
  • Do stretching
  • Rest and sleep
  • Protect your joints during the activity

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