All About Elbow Injury and Its Treatment

Are you experiencing elbow pain of any kind? Or have you or a loved one run into an accident recently that caused elbow injury? Elbow injury may be painful and inconvenient, as is any injury of any sort, but with proper medical attention and personal care, one can recover from it successfully.

In this article, we talk about elbow pain and elbow injury treatment, and what a rehabilitation consultant can do for you or a loved one currently managing elbow pain.

What elbow pain can feel like

Elbow pain produces a range of symptoms, which include swelling, pain, difficulty moving the elbow, or pain when moving the elbow. One may also see that their elbow or area around the elbow has taken on an unusual shape, or there is a protruding bone.

What causes elbow injuries?

One of the most common causes of elbow injuries are accidents during sports or other recreational activities, projects such as construction, or just trips and falls, in general. When one experiences a hard fall, for example, the elbow may be the first to be affected as it is often a person’s reflex action to support their weight using their forearm when they are about to hit the ground. This causes anything from minor elbow pain to proper fractures or dislocations.

Elderly people, in particular, are vulnerable to elbow injury because they are likely to lose balance or lower body support when moving from one place to another or up and down the stairs. They may also be experiencing a loss in muscle mass or degrading of bone quality.

Other causes of elbow pain are disorders such as tennis elbow, which are common among professionals who have to use their elbow constantly for work; examples are athletes, cooks, painters, or carpenters. Another similar disorder, student’s elbow, affects the bursae or the tiny fluid sacs that protect the elbow joints. This disorder develops when a person has to lean on their elbow constantly or they have arthritis.

Arthritis is also common among elderly people, and it may develop in the early stages of senior life (i.e. at 60 years old or earlier). As such, arthritis may also manifest as elbow pain. A related condition, osteoarthritis (which weakens the cartilage), may also develop due to wear and tear of the joints over time.

Elbow injury treatment

Minor elbow pain usually goes away after some simple home remedies. Following a treatment, it’s best to follow the PRICE method, which stands for Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Protect the elbow from coming into contact with other objects. Take a rest so your elbow and the whole body can recover. Place a pack of ice on the affected area and leave it on for 15 or 20 minutes, thrice a day. Compress the area using a bandage to remedy the swelling. Keep your arm elevated as much as possible to help with blood flow.

When to see a doctor or medical professional?

  • If there is an obvious deformity on the area (likely a fracture or dislocation)
  • If the symptoms remain or get worse after 3 or more days
  • If pain persists even when your arm is idle
  • If no accident occurred but you are experiencing unusual elbow pain

Treatment methods involve

  • Physical therapy (following major injury)
  • Occupational therapy (to improve physical mobility in the long term
  • Immobilization (using casts, slings, splints, or braces)
  • Using elbow padding
  • Prescribed pain relievers or, if necessary, steroidal injections
  • Surgery in extreme cases

Getting occupational therapy in NSW for elderly patients

If your parent or grandparent has recently suffered elbow injury or pain due to an accident or a different underlying bone condition, it is worth it to consult with a rehabilitation consultant. Elbow injury treatment itself can relieve their pain for the time being, but it’s best to look at long-term solutions.

If your parent or grandparent has recently suffered elbow injury or pain due to an accident or a different underlying bone condition, it is worth it to consult with a rehabilitation consultant. Elbow injury treatment itself can relieve their pain for the time being, but it’s best to look at long-term solutions. click here now.

Through occupational therapy, your elderly loved one will have the help they need to regain more physical mobility. This way, they can avoid accidents in the future. If they have underlying bone conditions, they can also manage these through exercises and other occupational therapy methods.

Looking to avail occupational therapy in NSW? We at SR Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Consultants can help

Help your loved ones get stronger and happier today. We at SR OTRC are here for you! We are registered DVA, Medicare, NDIS and are flexible with travel. We custom-design splints and we also sell equipment and supplies that support our patient’s daily activities.

Reach out to us by calling us at (02) 9545 3590 or email us at info@srotrehab.com.au. You may also message us via our website’s contact form.