It is most common for athletes to develop injuries related to elbows or arms because almost all outdoor sports activities require regular arm and body movements. This can lead to overworking the muscles, further leading to some of the most common injuries, such as a fracture or spraining the muscles or tissues.
Athletes are often used to getting injured during their practice or even while performing at sports events. Still, it is to be kept in mind that certain conditions might lead to further complications if not given proper medical attention on time.
Seeking proper medical treatment and attention in case of injuries is the right course of action when it comes to sports and athletics.
Some of the most common types of elbow injuries related to sports:
- Arthritis: This refers to the condition of inflammation of joints which can get serious as the person ages. People with arthritis experience severe joint pain and stiffness.
- Burners and Stingers: This condition gets developed when the muscles in the neck and shoulder regions are stretched or compressed extensively.
- Golfer's elbow: Athletes with the condition of a Golfer’s elbow experience severe pain in parts of their inner elbow region. This can be caused due to excessive wrist or hand movements.
- Nursemaid's elbow: This condition is developed during early childhood when the elbow joint gets dislocated due to getting pulled excessively. It is also known as "radial head subluxation."
- Tendon tears: Some of the minor tendon and ligament tears often get healed on their own, but in cases of severe pain in the ligament or tendon, one must seek medical attention.
- Ulnar collateral ligament injury (UCL): Injury or tearing up of the ligament that connects the inner part of our upper arm (humerus) to the inner part of our forearm (ulna) is known as the UCL injury.
- Ulnar nerve entrapment: This condition induces a tingling sensation in the forearm, ring, and little fingers. An injury to the ulnar nerve can take up to several months to get completely healed; however, the immediate symptoms might just go away in a matter of a few days.
- Valgus extension overload (VEO): This condition gets developed due to overuse of the elbow or the arm used to throw by the athlete. This leads to severe pain, swelling, and possible numbness of the elbow and may cause the development of bone spurs.
- Elbow Bursitis: The swelling of the bursa sac located on the bone tip of the elbow is known as elbow bursitis. This condition can be treated by providing regular heat or cold therapy or by simply taking regular care of the affected region.
The list of injuries related to the elbow can go on for pages, but these are some of the most common types of injuries experienced by athletes regularly.