The following tips may prevent elbow
problems or injuries.
General prevention tips
Wear your seat belt when you travel in a motor
Do not use alcohol or other drugs before participating in
sports or when operating a motor vehicle or other equipment.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Preventing falls will help you to avoid
elbow injuries. To prevent falls: