How to treat a Sore Elbow?

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A sore elbow may occur due to a labor intensive job, a sports injury or just normal wear and tear. Elbow injuries can be minor or major and may incorporate symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, or decreased range of motion. Injuries are the most common cause of elbow pain. Often, sore elbow may be due to the frequent jobs on an everyday basis that needs a taut grip on an object with extreme wrist extension such using construction/gardening tools, playing tennis, doing different kinds of physical effort tasks, or in case if a person had begun a sport or exercise, recreational activity. If the elbow soreness or pain is mild, it can be treated at home. However, in case of serious elbow injury, proper medical attention is required.


What are the types of elbow injuries?

  • Tennis elbow is a general term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain. Tennis elbow is caused by either sudden or slight injury of the muscle and sinew area surrounding the elbow. Tennis elbow is the most common type of elbow injury that is related to the elbow soreness.

  • Golfers elbow is an elbow injury caused on the inside of the elbow. Generally, sufferers complain ache, discomfort and soreness. This type of elbow injury is mainly caused by frequent and extreme bending of the wrist and fingers.


How to treat a sore elbow?

Treating a sore elbow will depend upon the place, type, and severity of the injury, age and health condition of the person. It also depends on the work, sports, or hobbies of the person. There are some treatments which can be done in minor injuries. They are:

  • Common first aid measures such as applying antiseptic lotion or ointments, taking a pain killer will be adequate for minor injuries.

  • To heal the sore elbow quickly, an appropriate gentle exercise which includes movement of the joint are crucial. A gentle massage is a brilliant way to treat a sore elbow at home, given that it does not cause any pain.
  • Occasionally, Physical therapy is necessary to cure fracture of the elbow joint. Stretching is very good for elbow pain.
  • Use of cortisone injections, medications, home remedies and surgery are to be done for treating tennis elbow.
  • Plenty of rest, using ice compresses for every 15 minutes, maintaining the joint enclosed with warm cloth, applying ointments, massaging with sesame or mustard oil, taking over the counter pain killers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen are some of the common sore muscles remedies that are proven to be very helpful for the relief from elbow pain.
  • One can use an elbow support, such as an elbow sleeve, forearm wrap or arm sling to rest the injured elbow joint. This can ease stress on your forearm muscles. Counterforce braces are commonly used for treating tennis elbow. Resting the elbow above the heart can also help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Any activity that may increase swelling such as taking a hot shower or bath, or drinking alcohol should be avoided over the first 48 hours of treatment.
  • Above all, if sore elbow along with pain in the arm, crushing or squeezing chest pain are experienced, then it might be a symptom of heart attack that should be treated right away by a doctor.


When should an injured person seek a doctor's help?

  • It is crucial to consult a doctor, in case if a sore elbow is distorted or if it is out of its normal position.
  • In addition to that if the sore elbow is very large or developed into a painful You do not have access to view this node, then seeking doctors help is essential.
  • If the hand, wrist, or forearm is abnormally pale, blue, or cold, then it is considered to be a serious injury that requires proper medical attention.
  • A doctor may treat a sore elbow with a brace, splint, or cast to be worn until complete healing is reached.
  • It is always good to discuss any home treatment methods with a doctor before starting. 
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