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today i tried doing bicep curls since highschool and my elbow started hurting really bad like it was going to break. it was only 5 pounds.whats wrong?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
37 years experience Family Medicine
Get checked: That kind of severe pain without clear injury can suggest something is out of place (dislocated), or something is caught where it shouldn't be, such as a ligament inside the joint being pinched. Both unusual without some injury though. Need more info to make clear diagnosis as fractures, infections, inflammation (bursitis, tendinitis) can also cause pain.
Answered on Oct 18, 2016
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
37 years experience Family Medicine
Provided original answer
Maybe. The body is usually pretty smart, and pain can be a signal that something isn't right - too much activity, too hard or an injury. Backing off and doing some simple treatments can help decide if it needs physician assessment. Good luck
Feb 14, 2012
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
37 years experience Family Medicine
Provided original answer
Even light exercise, especially if it is a new activity can irritate the tendons and ligaments. Those activities would need "happy" biceps and triceps tendons and muscles, so they may be irritiated. Unless not a good medicine for a person, over the counter meds like ibuprofen and naprosyn, along with rest, ice/heat, will usually give relief
Feb 14, 2012
Dr. David Bozak
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See your doctor: Could be a number of things, like bicep tendon rupture, bad tennis elbow, etc. An x-ray and physical exam will help.
Answered on Jun 28, 2013
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