Elbow stiffness typically occurs after an injury. An extended period of immobilization or damage to the elbow joint can cause the elbow’s soft tissues, ligaments, and tendons to stiffen. Pain may be associated with stiffness. Luckily, both symptoms are easily treatable.
How is Elbow Stiffness Treated?
Anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat inflammation and pain. Physical therapy is used to stretch and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the elbow. Elbow stiffness that is serious enough to require surgery is typically caused by a fracture or severe arthritis. Interested patients should consult an orthopedic surgeon.