Elbow injuriesThe elbow is a bony joint made up of the humerus and the two bones in the forearm, the radius and ulna. The humeroulnar joint allows you to bend the elbow while the radiocapitellar joint allows you to rotate your arm palm up or down.
Common elbow injuries:
- Elbow fractures & dislocations
Since the elbow doesn't have much to protect it, it is easily fractured during injuries such as a fall on the arm or sporting injury. The elbow is made up of the humerus, ulna, and radius and any three of these bones can be fractured. Falling onto an outstretched hand may also cause dislocation of the elbow, which can lead to elbow instability. In some cases, elbow dislocation is associated with a fracture.
- Distal biceps tendon rupture
The distal biceps tendon connects the bicep muscle to the elbow. This tendon can rupture if you lift or carry something heavy, causing intense pain in the elbow, followed by weakness when bending or twisting the elbow.
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, it will be treated either non-surgically or surgically.