The elbow is an important joint that allows people to perform pushing and pulling motions with the arm. An elbow injury refers to any damage to the elbow or ligaments and muscles connected to it. An acute elbow injury may be caused by a contact blow, penetrating injury, or fall. Jerking, twisting, jamming, or bending an elbow abnormally can cause an injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles that are comprised within the elbow joint. When an elbow injury occurs, pain may be sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop soon after the injury. Commonly caused by slip and fall, auto, motorcycle, or construction site accident, an injury to the elbow can be debilitating and painful. Elbow injuries may also interfere with your ability to perform simple, every day tasks.
Those who have endured a serious elbow injury will likely need to make doctor visits for treatment and go through physical therapy in order to reach the maximum recovery potential. Below is a list of terms and resources to help you through the recovery process.