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Elbow Hyperextension

A hyperextended elbow may cause significant pain and disrupt your daily activities due to restricted mobility. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to restore elbow function. Consult Dr. Ong to learn about treatment options for this elbow condition.

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Elbow Hyperextension

A hyperextended elbow may cause significant pain and disrupt your daily activities due to restricted mobility. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to restore elbow function. Consult Dr. Ong to learn about treatment options for this elbow condition.

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What Is an Elbow Hyperextension?

An elbow hyperextension occurs when the elbow joint moves outside its normal range of motion. A hyperextended elbow may cause pain and damage other ligaments in the elbow, resulting in a possible elbow dislocation.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Sharp pain when moving or touching your elbow
  • Swelling and redness
  • A popping sensation
  • Elbow weakness
  • Decreased range of motion of your elbow
  • Muscle spasms
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  • Sudden and violent rotation of the elbow during strenuous sports and activities
  • Direct blow to the elbow, forcing the elbow joint to move backwards
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Joint weakness due to increasing age or past injuries

Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Options

For minor cases of a hyperextended elbow, non-surgical treatment options will suffice. These treatment methods generally involve relieving symptoms and promoting joint recovery. 

They may include:

  • RICE method
    • Rest. Restricting your movement and immobilising your arm can prevent further damage and give your elbow joints time to heal naturally.
    • Ice. Applying cold compression to your injured area can alleviate swelling and pain by decreasing blood flow to the area. 
    • Compress. Applying pressure to your injury can help to minimise swelling and reduce inflammation.
    • Elevate. Elevating your elbow above your chest level can minimise swelling by reducing blood flow.
  • Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen can reduce inflammation and minimise pain. 

Surgical Option

Surgery may be recommended in the case of a severe injury, especially if there are damages to the surrounding ligaments or bones. The two common surgical procedures are open elbow surgery and arthroscopic (key-hole) elbow surgery. Both of these surgical methods aim to repair damaged tissues and restore joint stability.

An open elbow surgery involves creating a large incision on your elbow to remove the damaged tendons and reattaching them. 

In contrast, arthroscopic (key-hole) elbow surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves smaller incisions and inserting a tiny camera inside your shoulder to identify and remove damaged tissues.

Diagnosis & Examinations

Your elbow specialist will conduct a physical examination to test your elbow’s mobility and range of motion. Any swelling or pain may also signal an overextended elbow.

Further imaging tests may be performed, such as an x-ray or MRI scan, to detect broken bones or damaged tissues.

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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