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:
Keep bones strong
- Eat a nutritious diet that includes enough
vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium.
Calcium is found in dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt; dark
green, leafy vegetables, such as broccoli; and other
- Exercise and stay active. Talk to your doctor about an
exercise program that is right for you. Begin slowly, especially if you have
been inactive. For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day if you are a man, or 1 alcoholic drink
a day if you are a woman. People who drink more than this have a higher risk
for weakening bones (osteopenia). Alcohol use also increases
your risk of injuries related to falls.
- Do not smoke or use other
tobacco products. Smoking puts you at a much higher risk for developing
osteoporosis. It also interferes with blood supply and healing. For more
information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
- Cut down on
caffeine. Caffeine in coffee and soda pop may increase calcium loss from your
body and increase your risk for osteoporosis.
Injuries such as bruises, burns,
fractures, cuts, or punctures may be a sign of
abuse. Suspect possible abuse when an injury cannot be
explained or does not match the explanation, repeated injuries occur, or the
explanations for the cause of the injury change. You may be able to prevent
further abuse by reporting it and seeking help.