How Is Elbow Hyperextension Diagnosed?
The team of orthopedists at OrthoNeuro combines physical exams and imaging studies to diagnose a hyperextension injury.
Your doctor will begin by reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle details, and medical history. They carefully examine your arm, feeling for inflammation, elbow deformity, and any other palpable signs of injury.
Your physician may also order X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine your joint in more detail. This helps them rule out other issues such as fractures or arthritis, which could cause similar symptoms.
How Is a Hyperextended Elbow Treated?
After confirming your diagnosis, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to help your elbow heal correctly.
They often combine therapies, including:
Rest is a critical part of the healing process. Your doctor can help you avoid flexing or extending your elbow.
You will need to take time away from sports or other activities that stress your elbow, as well as other activities that could intensify swelling.
Ice and cold compresses are an excellent way to reduce elbow swelling. You can apply ice for 10-20 minutes every few hours.
Don’t apply ice directly to your skin. Instead, always wrap your ice pack in a cloth to protect your skin.
Your doctor may give you an elastic bandage or elbow brace to protect your elbow.
These devices combine immobilization with compression, which helps manage swelling while keeping your joint still so it can rest.
As your elbow pain and swelling subsides, you may need to undergo physical therapy.
Gentle exercises and stretches can help restore your strength, stability, and flexibility following an elbow injury.
Your physical therapist will teach you exercises to practice at home to maintain your recovery between appointments.
Why Would I Need Surgery for a Hyperextension Injury?
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoNeuro only recommend surgery when non-invasive treatments don’t resolve your injury.