A hyperextended elbow occurs when the elbow joint bends backward more than it should. This places strain on the connective tissue of the joint, causing pain, redness, swelling and limited mobility, among other symptoms. While elbow hyperextension injuries don’t usually require surgery, it may take time for the elbow to return to normal. Patients can benefit from the help of a virtual physical therapist to treat their pain as a result of a hyperextension injury.
Who is at risk of an elbow hyperextension injury?
- Athletes — Elbow hyperextension injuries are common among people who play high-impact sports, such as football, gymnastics or weightlifting. It is so common that sports medicine journals coined the term “handball goalie’s elbow” to describe the repeated cases of elbow hyperextension that handball players experience.
- Older adults — The cartilage between our joints becomes thinner and weaker as we age. This puts adults over the age of 65 at greater risk of hyperextending and injuring their elbows.
- People with a previous injury — If your elbow has been injured in the past, it may be weaker and more prone to being injured again. This can occur even if the injury happened years ago.
- People with hypermobile tissue — Some people naturally have more flexible joints than others. This is usually due to underlying conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Those with hypermobile tissue need to take greater care to avoid hyperextension injuries.
How can virtual physical therapy with your hyperextension injury?
If you’ve experienced an elbow hyperextension injury, the odds are good that your injury can be treated from the comfort of your own home.
At Agile Virtual Physical Therapy, our educated and licensed physical therapists can treat a variety of sports injuries. We can help you to restore strength and flexibility to your elbow after a hyperextension injury, as well as assist in reducing pain and preventing further injury.