A bruised elbow (elbow contusion) usually occurs as a result of a fall or impact to the elbow. Common sporting examples include a fall from a bike or an impact from a hard ball such as a hockey ball.
Symptoms of a Bruised Elbow
- Sudden pain on impact.
- Discolouration of the skin around the elbow gradually appears.
- The area is tender to touch.
- There may be some swelling.
- Movement of the elbow may be mildly painful or limited.
It is important to look out for symptoms which may indicate more serious damage at the elbow. A fracture of one of the bones is a possibility. This may make it very painful to move the elbow.
- Rest the arm.
- Sit with the arm elevated and use a compression bandage to reduce swelling and bleeding.
- Ice should also be applied to reduce bleeding and swelling.
- If the elbow is very painful, consider a fracture and seek medical attention.
- If a fracture is suspected an X-ray should be taken to confirm the diagnosis.