When the set of bones that comprises the elbow joint become misaligned due to sudden impact, the result is an arm/elbow dislocation. As with arm/elbow fractures, this injury commonly afflicts children, and the complications can be severe in the event the nerve becomes pinched. This condition therefore requires immediate care from a medical professional. Basic symptoms are if the arm/elbow joint is visibly distorted and is extremely painful. Depending on the seriousness of the dislocation, treatment options can include a realignment of the bones into the right positions, in addition to physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary if the arm/elbow dislocation is very severe.
There are a variety of arm/elbow fractures that a person may experience at some point in their lives, and children are especially vulnerable to this injury. Arm/elbow fractures can happen above, at the joint, or on the inside of the elbow, and, depending on the age of the child, there is risk of nerve injury and circulation problems. Symptoms may include a swelling in the elbow area, a numb feeling in the hand, or difficulty in straightening the arm. Treatment options can include applying a splint or cast to the elbow, or surgery if the break/fracture is very severe.
As fun as it is to play tennis or golf, people who engage in these sports risk developing physical conditions they would rather do without. The rapid and repeated movements that come from swinging a racket can lead to “tennis elbow,” where physical pain is felt outside the elbow, and occasionally in the forearm and wrist. And, the sweeping movement that comes from swinging a golf club can end up with a player being diagnosed with “golfer’s elbow,” which is characterized by stiffness in the elbows and weakness in the hand and wrist. Tennis elbow can be treated through physical therapy, pain relievers, and general rest. Golfer’s elbow can be treated similarly, but may also require ice packs, certain types of physical therapy, and bandaging.