What Is a Hyperextended Elbow?

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An hyperextended elbow is a condition which occurs when the elbow is involuntarily forced beyond its normal range of motion, typically resulting in painful bruising along the humerus or olecranon. The easiest way to describe this condition to compare it to bending your elbow in the wrong direction. There’s not much ‘wiggle’ room to move the elbow up with your arms stretched out and palms facing up. Sure, it can absorb minor pressure and force, but too much pressure can damage the surrounding ligament and tissue. To learn more about hyperextended elbows, and how to treat them, keep reading.

For a better understanding of hyperextended elbow, you must first look at the different parts of the elbow. The boney ball and groove joint that’s known as the elbow consists of three primary bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), and the forearm bones (radius and ulna). When the elbow is pushed in the wrong direction, it stresses the supporting structures for these three bones. Following this same principle, anytime these bones are used by a person suffering from hyperextended elbow, it creates severe, oftentimes debilitating pain.

Most cases of hyperextended elbow are characterized by pain, inflammation and limited mobility. The damaged tissue and ligaments prevents normal use of the elbow, forcing the individual to place his or her arm in a sling until it heals. Even the slightest movement of the elbow or arm can send sharp pain signals running throughout the body, which is why rest is necessary for proper recovery.

Hyperextended elbow is a relatively common condition in athletes and bodybuilders. For instance, a baseball player may force his or her elbow in the wrong direction after sliding into a base, or a football player could fall or step on another player’s elbow. These are just a few examples of how the hyperextended elbow occurs. With that said, the condition can occur to anyone at any given time, so don’t assume you are immune to it just because you don’t play sports or lift weights on a regular basis.

If you are currently suffering from hyperextended elbow, try to avoid any unnecessary use of the affected elbow and arm. Immobilizing the arm in a sling can help, but some people will attempt to use their arm even with this injury. Unfortunately, this only slows down the healing progress while leaving the individual susceptible to further injury and complications.

A professional chiropractor can offer guidance on the treatment options for hyperextended elbow. They will check to make sure no other problems are present. Depending on the severity of the condition, a professional chiropractor may also recommend a serious of adjustments to improve recovery times.

Call or email the staff at AtlantaChiroAndWellness.com to schedule an appointment.

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