I Have Trouble Straightening My Elbow, Whats Wrong?

Dr. Michael Michlitsch of Golden State Orthopedics & Spine discusses reasons someone might have problems straightening their elbow.

I have a question for the doctor. I have trouble straightening my elbow, what’s wrong?

Many young gymnasts or baseball players are injured by repetitive, forceful extension of the elbow, such as with throwing a baseball. When overuse occurs, often combined with improper mechanics, stretching out or injury to the ligaments on the inside of the elbow occurs and compression to the bones and ligaments to the outside of the back of the elbow occurs. This may result in pain and this may even cause cartilage fragments to break off limiting the elbow’s ability to straighten.