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Explain hyper extended elbow please?

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Dr. Stacy Frye
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Straightened too far

A hyperextended elbow means that your elbow was fully straightened out and then some force was put on it to try and straighten it further than it should go.
Oftentimes, the soft tissues that hold the elbow together & support it are strained when the joint is hyperextended - causing pain, swelling, difficulty with range of motion. Occasionally there can be bone injury too - ie bruise or break.

In brief: Straightened too far

A hyperextended elbow means that your elbow was fully straightened out and then some force was put on it to try and straighten it further than it should go.
Oftentimes, the soft tissues that hold the elbow together & support it are strained when the joint is hyperextended - causing pain, swelling, difficulty with range of motion. Occasionally there can be bone injury too - ie bruise or break.
Dr. Stacy Frye
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Ok

There is a normal amount of extension that you can do at your elbow joint.
In other words, if you straighten out you arm at the elbow there is a point when it would normally stop, hyper extension is extension beyond that normal endpoint and runs the risk of injury such as a fracture, dislocation, or ligament tear.

In brief: Ok

There is a normal amount of extension that you can do at your elbow joint.
In other words, if you straighten out you arm at the elbow there is a point when it would normally stop, hyper extension is extension beyond that normal endpoint and runs the risk of injury such as a fracture, dislocation, or ligament tear.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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