Elbow Sprain Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Elbow Sprain treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Elbow Sprain

Treatment includes:

  • Rest-Avoid using your injured arm.
  • Ice-Apply ice or a cold pack to the elbow for 15-20 minutes, four times a day for several days. This helps reduce pain and swelling. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
  • Compression-Wrap your elbow in an elastic compression bandage (eg, Ace bandage). This will limit swelling and support your elbow. Be careful not to wrap your elbow too tightly, which could compromise the circulation.
  • Medication-Take one of the following drugs to help reduce inflammation and pain:
    • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
    • Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    • Aspirin
  • Sling-You may need to wear a sling to immobilize your arm and elbow.
  • Cast-If you have a severe sprain, your doctor may recommend a cast or splint for 2-3 weeks.
  • Rehabilitation exercises-Begin exercises to restore the range of motion and strength in your elbow as recommended by your healthcare professional.
  • Surgery-Surgery is not needed to repair an elbow sprain. However, in rare cases, surgery may be needed to repair a ligament that is torn completely.


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