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Chipped Elbow Bone Treatment
Elbow pain at funny bone side and wrist pain at small round bone side. Been 1 month. Likely cause? Treatment?
The medial elbow pain experienced in the funny elbow could be an ulnar neuropathy, or a medial epicondylitis. This will depend on other symptoms that might be experienced. If nerve problem, then numbness and weakness also present.
The wrist pain could be referred from elbow or a separate problem. "Small round bone" is not an accurate description of pain location so I cant be specific on causes ...Read more
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Yes if stable: Yes this is possible if the fracture can be reduced and a stable alignment is possible. X-rays will likely be performed immediately after reduction and likely one week later to confirm a stable appearance with immobilization or controlled passive motion ...Read more
Matters which bone: It matters which bone in the elbow was chipped. Usually after a chipped or "non displaced" elbow fracture a cast is not needed because putting an elbow in a cast will cause the elbow to get very stiff. Usually a sling for a few days to a week is needed then gentle motion is started. See your md to get the definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
If my daughter chipped the tip of her elbow when she dislocated it would the bone fragment need to be removed? Still has lots of pain and a small bump
Not that likely:
Dislocated elbow in an eight year old is very uncommon but not unheard of /dislocation of the elbow is a very serious injury
tip of the elbow is the olecranon and usually not involved directly in a dislocation
if you are concerned you must talk with your treating surgeon or seek another opinion. ...Read more
One of my arm bones is shorter due to growth plate damage from 18months old. What treatment should I be getting. I'm now 16 and have stopped growing.
Anisomelia: Unequal limb length may vary from small to large, with varying impairment. See a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with an interest in this problem. ...Read more
For bone spurs in:
The shoulder, a joint replacement would be a cure, since it removes the arthritic bones ; restores function;
for tennis elbow: there is no cure, but the symptoms can be controlled quite adequately, with pain meds, te strap, stretching exercises, massages, steroid ; prp (plasma rich platelets) injections or surgery if nothing helps. ...Read more
Very unlikely: But it's also unlikely to do any harm, if practiced correctly. ...Read more
27yo female, 7mm suspected bone island on anterior humeral head with shoulder/upper arm pain. Not on xrays 2 yrs ago. Likely followup tests/treatment?
Tested?: A bone scan can be done to make sure it is a benign bone island and not something more worrisome. If it turns out to be a normal scan, then recheck of the X-ray in 6 - 12 months is the usual follow up to ensure the benign nature of the lesion has been correctly diagnosed. More tests to find out why your shoulder hurts may be indicated..... Like a shoulder MRI Arthrogram. See your orthopedist. ...Read more
Reduce joint: X-rays need to be performed to ensure no fractures in addition to dislocation. Concomitant fractures demand additional consideration, and may change treatment. Assuming no fractures, vast majority of dislocations are managed with brief period of immobilization (3weeks), followed by rehab. ...Read more
Unless there is another problem like itching or burning, there is nothing in the line of treatment available. There may be good cosmetic products you might find.
If you really want my "truth", i'd offer an opinion that you talk to a therapist that can help you with your self esteem and self image. Where you live may be part of the issue. I hope you find other ways to value yourself. You'll like it. ...Read more
Need more info: First you should see an orthopedic surgeon for immediate care especially if your diagnosis is correct. Not following up with care can mean pain and maybe disability in the future/ ...Read more
Overuse inflammation: Tennis elbow, aka lateral epicondylitis, is inflammation of the origin of the wrist extensor tendons. These muscles start on the outside of the elbow and go past the wrist. We use these muscles all day, everyday. Little injuries usually heal during rest. If they don't heal 100%, these little injuries add up over time. Adequate treatment should result in full recovery, a normal feel. ...Read more
Surgery: Well, you basically have to decide on surgery verses no surgery. Surgery to reattach the tendon is often done to restore the strength of the arm; on the other hand, low demand patients can do fairly well without surgery, they will just have some degree of weakness at the elbow and a muscular prominence where the biceps has retracted into the arm. ...Read more
Multiple treatments: Studies have shown that short term (the first 6 months) cortisone injections are the most effective treatment for pain. However, symptoms often come back if not treated with exercise prescription. Long-term studies (1 year out) show physical therapy to have the best outcomes. Off-loader bracing also has been shown to help. Treatment such as prp or surgery are only indicated if these don't work. ...Read more
Many available: An exercise that is effective in strengthening tennis elbow is the "hammer" exercise. With your elbow bent at 90 degrees and forearm parallel to the floor, hold in your hand the end of the handle of a hammer (or tennis racket). Rotate your forearm and wrist so that the hammer head forms an arc from left to right and back again. Do this several times a day to strengthen the brachioradialis muscle. ...Read more
Can you tell me how much time should you rest hyperextended elbow and what treatment should you do for it?
Where I extend my elbow my elbow clicks and feel uncomfortable. There is no pain, but my feels loose and there is discomfort. Best treatment?
I'm having such bad shoulder pain when I drive, sit in certain chair, and working. The pain is also shooting down to my elbow. Any answers for treatment?
Neck shoulder pain: This is often caused by impingement on your cervical root nerves that innervate your arm. Try neck and shoulder stretches every day. You have to do them consistently to see results. If this doesn't help after 8 weeks or so, get it checked out with x-rays and an exam. ...Read more
Many options: Physical therapy for iontophoresis and phonophoresis, deep tissue modalities, stretching, and strengthening. Ice for 10-15 min 4 times a day, counterforce strap bracing, nsaids, and avoidance of the activity that aggravates. Occasionally a wrist brace is used and steroid injections can be considered for cases lasting months that don't respond. Surgery is rarely indicated. ...Read more