If the elbow joint is forcibly overstretched a sprain will occur. There will normally be immediate pain and swelling. Sprains are are classified into the following grades.
Mild (grade I) – stretched or partial tear of a ligament with no loss of ability to put weight on your injured foot.
Moderate (grade II) – incomplete tear of a ligament with moderate loss of ability to put weight on your injured foot.
Severe (grade III) – complete tear of a ligament which may result in total loss of ability to put weight on your injured foot.
Healing times vary between 1 week and 4 months dependent on the grade of the sprain.
Treatment for Elbow Ligament Sprain
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise:
- Joint mobilisation/lateral glide mobilisation
- Joint manipulation
- Deep tissue massage/myofascial release
- Dry needling /acupuncture
- Activity modification advice
- Ergonomic and sleeping advice
- Exercise programs to improve flexibility and strength.
- Brace/Splinting advise
- Technique analysis/Biomechanical Assessment
- Injection advice
- Ice advice