What is Radial Collateral Ligament Sprain/Strain?

The lateral collateral ligament of the elbow, also called the radial collateral ligament, is located on the outside or thumb side of the elbow and prevents medial (inside) to lateral (outside) translation of the elbow. It acts to hold and stabilise the ulnar (forearm bone) and humerus (upper arm bone) at the elbow joint. A sprain refers to an injury of a ligament and typically occurs due to stretch or trauma which causes overstretching and possible tearing of the ligamentous fibres.

Radial collateral ligament sprains are typically caused by direct injury such as a direct blow to the elbow, forced twisting of the elbow and from falling onto an outstretched hand. This condition is often typically associated with fracture or dislocation of the elbow.

Patients will usually experience pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow, swelling, bruising, malformation (if dislocation or fracture is present) and varus (an inside to outside force) laxity. Other common symptoms of Radial Collateral ligament sprains/strains are Elbow pain on the lateral side immediately after a fall, a clicking sound during elbow extension, feeling as though the elbow is catching when it is extended and difficulty lifting objects with the affected arm.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care which can aid in your recovery from Radial Collateral Ligament Sprain/Strain. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

Armacost L, Matson W. Elbow Ligamentous Injuries. [Updated 2020 Oct 17]. Physiopedia; Available from: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Elbow_Ligamentous_Injuries

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