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    Elbow Injuries

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    Prevention

    The following tips may prevent elbow problems or injuries.

    General prevention tips

    • Wear your seat belt when you travel in a motor vehicle.
    • Do not use alcohol or other drugs before participating in sports or when operating a motor vehicle or other equipment.
    • Don't carry objects that are too heavy.
    • Use a step stool. Do not stand on chairs or other unsteady objects.
    • Wear protective gear during sports or recreational activities, such as roller-skating or soccer. Supportive splints may reduce your risk for injury. Make sure your child also wears protective clothing to prevent sports injuries.
    • Stretch before and after physical exercise, sports, or recreational activities to warm up your muscles.
    • Do stretching and range-of-motion (ROM) exercises with your fingers and wrist to prevent stiffening of the tendons that affect your elbows. Gently bend, straighten, and rotate your wrist. If you have any pain, stop the exercises.
    • Use the correct techniques (movements) or positions during activities so that you do not strain your muscles.
    • Avoid overusing your arm doing repeated movements that can injure your bursa or tendons. In daily routines or hobbies, examine activities in which you make repeated arm movements.
    • Take lessons to learn the proper technique for sports. Have a trainer or person who is familiar with sports equipment check your equipment to see if it is well suited for your level of ability, body size, and body strength.
    • If you feel that activities at your workplace are causing pain or soreness from overuse, call your human resources department for information on alternative ways of doing your job or to discuss equipment modifications or other job assignments.

    Reduce falls

    Preventing falls will help you to avoid elbow injuries. To prevent falls:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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