Elbow Ligament Sprain

Elbow Ligament Sprain diagramLigaments attach bones to other bones providing joint stability yet allowing flexibility. The elbow ligaments prevent the elbow from moving side to side and over extending.

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: