This can sometimes be confused with Tennis elbow but a sprain is when a ligament is stretched, partially torn or fully torn. The ligaments hold the elbow bones together and sometimes more than one ligament can be damaged
Elbow sprains are usually caused by a direct blow or an unnatural movement that twists the elbow sideways or backwards.
The elbow will be tender and there maybe swelling. A tingling feeling may be felt in the forearm if a nerve has been injured giving both arm and elbow pain. Discoloration may occur.
Use finely crushed ice to mould around the elbow and place a piece of cloth between ice and elbow to protect from frostbite. Do this for 15 minutes periodically during the first 24 hours Use a sling to immobilize if travel is necessary.
Avoid hot showers or heat penetrating creams as these will delay the healing process.
Continue strengthening exercises after returning to sport. Always warm up as this will increase the body and muscle temperature Blood and oxygen will increase around the working muscles which will lubricate the muscles, joints and connective tissues and this will help reduce injury from sudden movement in the future.
Protection can be worn in the form of a brace or suitable support bandage.
Always consult your Doctor before performing any exercise or treatment. All information on the common sports injuries web site is provided as general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any sports injury.