Elbow hyperextension occurs when the elbow is bent backwards beyond full extension or 180 degrees. The elbow joint’s ligaments are designed to prevent the elbow from going beyond its normal range of motion. When enough force is exerted at the elbow or forearm or hand the forearm can either fracture or the ligaments can rupture. This causes damage to ligaments and tendons that surround the elbow. There are a number of activities that will cause elbow hyperextension, including every day activity to full contact sports. The most common sports that will result in damaging the elbow and causing hyperextension are soccer, football, and hockey. A direct hit to the elbow can cause it extend beyond normal range this resulting in hyperextension.
There are many of ways to determine if you are suffering from elbow hyperextension. Including swelling, stiffness, pain, or spasms of the biceps. Immediately after incurring the injury you should apply a cold compress to the affected area and you can take an over the counter medication to reduce pain and swelling.
A doctor’s consultation is always recommended if you are continuing to experience abnormal elbow pain or if any of your symptoms have worsened. There are hundreds of elbow braces on the market, so it is difficult to choose the correct brace. Your doctor or therapist can tell which brace is best for your elbow condition. Your doctor might recommend surgery to repair the damaged tissue and ligaments in your elbow. Tommy John surgery is a common surgery on baseball pitchers because of the constant throwing and hyperextension of the elbow.
The Brace Shop can provide you with your doctor recommended elbow brace in our selection of high quality products. Along with elbow braces the Brace Shop also stocks a wide variety or specified braces for your entire body, such as ankle braces, back braces, neck braces, and many more! Please visit the Brace Shop’s online store today to view their entire inventory, and learn about common injuries that a brace can help you with. If you have any questions regarding purchases, please feel free to contact our customer service center!