Elbow Contusion

An elbow contusion is a deep bruise of the elbow. Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Rest your elbow until the pain and puffiness are better.

  • Raise (elevate) your elbow to lessen puffiness.

  • Put on an elastic wrap as told by your doctor. You can take it off for sleeping, showers, and baths. If your fingers get cold, blue, or lose feeling (numb), take the wrap off. Put the wrap back on more loosely.

  • Use your elbow only as told by your doctor. If you are asked to do elbow exercises, do them as told.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more redness, puffiness, or pain in your elbow.

  • Your puffiness or pain is not helped by medicines.

  • You have puffiness of the hand and fingers.

  • You are not able to move your fingers or wrist.

  • You start to lose feeling in your hand or fingers.

  • Your fingers or hand become cold or blue.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.