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Elbow Sprain treatment guide


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Guide Overview

A brief summary of what you'll find inside our treatment guide.


Elbow Sprains involve damage to the connective tissue and ligaments surrounding the elbow joint.

They are nearly always traumatic in origin and caused by the joint being stretched beyond its normal range of movement.

This might take the form of bending backwards (‘hyper-extension’), bending inwards (‘medial deviation’), or bending outwards (‘lateral deviation’) of the elbow.

Causes (Aetiology)

Predictably Elbow Sprains occur during sport, or during activities which result in a fall, collision or awkward landing.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling, redness and heat around the affected area

  • Pain when attempting to grip, lift or carry everyday objects

  • Difficulty moving the elbow, hand and wrist

  • Pulsatile throbbing and numbness into the hand and fingers


In most cases, Elbow Sprains are not serious. However, they can result in stiffness, reduced mobility and secondary problems which develop after the injury has healed.

If left untreated rehabilitation times are long and scar tissue and adhesions form around the injury site which increases the likelihood of re-injury.

Acute phase

Pain always causes a protective guarding in the tissues which shortens the muscles and hampers rehabilitation.

Our treatment guide provides expert advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation and create the right conditions to accelerate the healing process.

Post-acute phase

Post-acute phase rehabilitation involves the staged introduction of isometric, concentric and eccentric stretches, scar tissue removal, and proprioceptive exercises to strengthen the connective tissues to achieve a full range of movement and prevent re-injury.


Elbow Sprains respond well to self-treatment and conservative care.

Our treatment guide provides comprehensive tips and advice to achieve a full recovery in the shortest possible time.


If you follow the treatment guide correctly and are diligent with the rehabilitation programme, then complications are unlikely.

However, without correct rehabilitation, there may be residual stiffness and reduced range of movement.

Regular stretching and correct warm-up before sports or exercise are some of the techniques contained in our clinically proven treatment guide to help prevent re-injury. 

Start today and fast track your recovery!

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You can save hundreds of pounds or dollars on expensive physical therapy by treating the condition simply and effectively at home.

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