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Elbow locking

03/11/2008

Question:

My elbow lock because I have RA in it. When it locks should I try and move it or just wait until it unlocks by itself? By trying to move it could it cause damage to my elbow?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. I would suggest not forcing your elbow to unlock when you experience this. You could possibly cause damage to the joint if you force range of motion. If you are experiencing this often, I would suggest following up with your primary care physician.

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Response by:

Katrina B Stibel, MA, ATC Katrina B Stibel, MA, ATC
Former:
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Instructor
Department of Athletics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University