How to Heal A Bruised Elbow Fast
Some people bruise easier than others. One person can simply brush up against a doorknob and get a bruise whereas others really need to give themselves a good knock for any signs of a bruise to appear.
There are certain areas of the body that are more prone to bruising than others. One such part of the body is the elbow. But what if your bruised elbow turns out to be something more serious than a bruise? What if you also experience swelling and inflammation after you bruise your elbow?
When you bruise your elbow it’s usually a result of receiving a sharp blow or trauma where your elbow strikes a hard surface. Many people refer to striking their elbow as hitting their ‘funny bone’. When you hit your ‘funny bone’, it’s not the elbow bone that causes the ‘funny’ feeling, it’s actually the pinching of the median nerve that runs down your arm across the inside of your elbow up against the bone that gives you that ‘funny sensation’ yet your elbow aches and pains, which is no laughing matter!
So what if your bruised elbow is accompanied by pain, swelling, inflammation or impedes your ability to use your bumped arm functionally? Well, you could have something more serious going on with your elbow than simply a bruised elbow such as a broken elbow or broken arm. My best advice is that if you can’t move your arm the way you did before you bumped and bruised your elbow, I would immediately seek medical advice and have your arm x-rayed.
If your elbow is painful, red in color(combined with the black and blue bruising) and tender to the touch, you maybe suffering from an elbow condition called bursitis. Elbow bursitis occurs when the bursa sac, a fluid filled sac located near the elbow joint responsible for joint lubrication, becomes irritated and inflamed. This condition is common in people who take a sharp blow to the elbow. Elbow bursitis is usually treated with antibiotics and can take anywhere from 5-10 days to clear up.
So what if after the bruise on your elbow has gone away and you still have elbow pain, inflammation, tenderness or something just doesn’t feel right in your elbow? There is a possibility that you are suffering from the most common type of elbow injury. A condition commonly referred to as tennis elbow.
You don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. Over 95% of all reported cases of tennis elbow each year come from non-tennis players. The majority of tennis elbow sufferers do not report elbow bruising but they do commonly describe elbow pain, swelling and inflammation over the first 2 weeks of receiving the injury. If your tennis elbow injury has occurred more than 2 weeks ago, there’s a good chance that you won’t see any visible signs of elbow inflammation or swelling.
Some tell tale signs that you are suffering from tennis elbow are:
- an increase in elbow pain when you grip an object such as a coffee mug, turn a doorknob, shake someone’s hand or carry grocery bags.
- your affected arm is hard to straighten or extend fully, especially in the morning.
- your grip has been getting weaker and you find you are dropping or fumbling with things more than usual.
- elbow pain that increases when you extend or flex your wrist.
- an increase in elbow pain when you perform twisting activities with your forearm such as turning a screw with a screwdriver or turning a light bulb.
- pain that sometimes radiates down your forearm and into your wrist.
- a burning sensation or tenderness on the outside of your elbow.
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms, there is a high probability that you are suffering from tennis elbow along with your bruised elbow. But I must issue a warning to you! Tennis elbow is not your average injury. Your tennis elbow symptoms will get worse the longer you wait to treat it. It’s not an injury that you simply take the ‘wait and see’ approach with.
But here’s the good news! You don’t need to waste hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on so called ‘traditional’ treatment methods for tennis elbow, like I did ($780 – gulp!). All it really takes are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room without any special exercise equipment to completely cure your tennis elbow once and for all!