Saturday, 13 August 2016

Update on Armenian Weightlifter Who Fractured His Elbow At Rio 2016

On Wednesday, Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan, 20, broke his arm during his second attempt to lift 429 pounds (195kg) at the #RioOlympics2016.

Karapetyan screamed in pain as his left arm hyperextended during the clean and jerk of his lift. Medical teams quickly rushed to his aid on stage and he was transported to a hospital.

Obviously the injury was painful, and Karapetyan has a long road of rehabilitation ahead.

Severe elbow hyperextension injuries often require surgery to repair damaged structures in the arm — including ligaments and/or tendons, according to the Hand and Wrist Institute.

After surgery, the arm is immobilized for a period of time and then, finally, rehabilitation therapy is used to restore function to the elbow.

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