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Supporting the Elbow

What is the importance of the elbow?

The elbow is the joint that connects the forearm to the upper arm. It provides the basic movements of the arm and is a flexible joint. It is not weak but is not too strong. There are tow joints in the elbow; one is responsible for the up and down movement whereas the other is responsible for the rotation of the arm and the hand. The tow bones of the forearm are connected to the upper arm by a set of muscles and ligaments in the elbow.

What are the problems associated with the elbow?

One of the major problems is the distal humerus fracture which takes place in the bone that connects the upper arm to the elbow. It is a broad bone and a fracture may result in immobility of the elbow. Muscle tears and sprain usually occur in the upper arm biceps, or the muscles surrounding the ulna and the radius bones. These tears result in inflammation and sever pain.

Nursemaid’s elbow is common condition that affects children. It is also known as partial dislocation and occurs when the child’s arm is pulled with force. It is a very common injury since not a lot of force is required to pull the bone out. Elbow bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae in the elbow joint. It may cause immobility of the joint and also a lot of pain. Osteoarthritis of the elbow results when the cartilage in the elbow is worn out either due to old age or overuse of the elbow.

Who is affected by these problems?

Elbow injuries are common in sports like badminton, baseball, basketball, etc. where the arm is used a lot. Accidents and major jerks can result in the fracture of the elbow and excessive strain can result in muscle damages. Nursemaid’s elbow can be caused easily and usually happens to children while playing a sport or in their other daily activities. Elbow bursitis is caused by either trauma or by prolonged pressure on the elbow.

What are the treatment options?

Fractures and sprains can be cured by exercise and medications but problems like Nursemaid’s elbow and bursitis may require surgery. Bursitis can also be cured by the use of elbow pads and by resting the elbow. Braces and supports are excellent for such purposes as they support the elbow completely and thus enhance the healing process. They also can be used as mediums of other therapies.

What are my options?

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FLA Orthopedics EpiSport Epicondylitis Clasp is worn during activity or sports play to hold the forearm tendons in a more parallel position to minimize stretching and tearing. It helps relieve pain and discomfort associated with the movement of the forearm. It is ideal for wear during tennis, golf, weight lifting and work activities.

Rolyan Elbow and Heel Protectors maintain skin integrity and prevent ulcerations or injury to elbow or heel. Comfortable, stretchable acrylic and spandex sleeve is proportionately knit for a better fit. It is available with a urethane foam pad or a gel pad for extra pressure relief.

Vulkan Tennis Elbow Brace a unique two-cuff brace that helps to reduce the stress around the elbow during intense physical exertion. It features a terrycloth lining for extra comfort and removable splint applies pressure on the distal and proximal areas of the forearm. It is latex free and suitable for use at work, during sport or at home.

The Corflex Ultra XR Cubital Tunnel Elbow Splint provides innovative support that immobilizes and positions the elbow at 122 degree to help reduce pain and numbness associated with cubital tunnel syndrome, post-surgical application or post-cast removal. It is constructed of rigid A.B.S. material with medial contouring on shell and plush cloth liner.

 

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