Overuse Injuries of the Elbow

CAUSES OF OVERUSE INJURIES OF THE ELBOW

Repetitive motions either through work, lifestyle, or sports can cause structural fatigue leading to painful strains and inflammation.

 

 

RISK FACTORS FOR OVERUSE INJURIES OF THE ELBOW

Children and adolescents, whose bones have not yet matured, as well as athletes and factory workers are at increased risk of overuse injuries.  Repetitive motion such as throwing a ball, painting, or assembly work can fatigue the smaller muscles in your wrists and hands causing a painful strain.

WHEN TO SEE A PHYSICIAN FOR A OVERUSE INJURY OF THE ELBOW

Overuse injuries tend to be repetitive due to not changing the behavior that caused them so it is normal for them to get better and then reoccur when the actions become repetitive again..  When you experience a overuse strain first aid would be to apply R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and over the counter NSAIDs if needed as directed.  If you find your symptoms getting worse or just not getting better you should speak with a physician to rule out a more serious injury.