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How are broken elbows fixed?

How are broken elbows fixed?

Broken elbow?: Treatment if broken (fractured) elbows depends on the bones injured and the type of injury. Some injuries may be treated without surgery. Other injuries will require opening the elbow, lining up the broken fragments, and fixing then with metal hardware. In some cases a portion if the elbow may need to be replaced with artificial part. ...Read more

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Why are my elbows locking up and keeping me from working out?

Why are my elbows locking up and keeping me from working out?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes for elbows to "lock up". Weight lifters are predisposed to get early osteoarthritis in the elbows due to the compression placed across the joint by the weights. Cartilage and ligament tears in the elbow can also cause similar symptoms. An exalted and appropriate studies will likely yield the diagnosis. I would encourage you to be seen. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tendontitis in my elbows, what should I do?

What to do if I have tendontitis in my elbows, what should I do?

Acupuncture: Whenever I do acupuncture for tennis elbow - the results always knock my patients and i off our feet. Excellent results with either kb1 (large needle into interosseous membrane of forearm) or auricular (ear) acupuncture. ...Read more

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What can I use to clear my elbows since they are so dark and dry?

What can I use to clear my elbows since they are so dark and dry?

Keralyt gel: This thickening of the elbows can be improved with peeling cream containing salicylic acid. Other optins are scytera, Anthralin or tazorac (tazarotene) cream. Scytera can be combined with 3 per cent salicylic acid to peel away the thickened areas and decrease the underlying inflammation. ...Read more

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I work 10kg dumbell curls, but they tend to hurt my elbows.. Any tips?

I work 10kg dumbell curls, but they tend to hurt my elbows.. Any tips?

Have a trainer: At the gym watch your technique. He or she may be able to determine the reason you have pain and correct technique or make other suggestions. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a white discolored patch on both of my elbows that is prickly and painful when I touch it . What could it be ??

I have a white discolored patch on both of my elbows that is prickly and painful when I touch it . What could it be ??

Elbow patches: These patches may simply be areas or roughened and toughened skin from years of friction or leaning on them. Dry skin or underactive thyroid are other possibilities. However, psoriasis often involved elbows and knees. Your physician or dermatologist can evaluate these patches for you. In the meantime apply moisturizing lotions or even olive oil to soften the elbow skin. ...Read more

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Whats golfer's elbow?

Whats golfer's elbow?

Elbow pain: Tendinitis or tendinosis of the medial or inner aspect of the elbow. This is the location where the muscles which flex your wrist and fingers originate. Symptoms would include pain and weakness in that location. It is similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outer aspect or lateral aspect of the elbow. ...Read more

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When to replace elbow?

Last resort: Elbow replacement surgery is really reserved as the end of the road procedure for severe arthritis or deformity of the elbow. A replacement carries with it high risk of infection (upwards to 10%) and permanent weight lifting restrictions of less than 2-5lbs. This is really meant for low demand elderly people with failure of all other measures or severe fractures in the elderly. ...Read more

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What is golfer's elbow?

Medial epicondylitis: Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a form of a family of disorders called "Insertional Tendinopathies." Essentially the attachment of the flexor-pronator muscle mass of the forearm gets a tear, which is usually microscopic, and results from a strenuous event. Golf can cause it but most cases I see are from other activities. Treatment is directed at decreasing inflammation/promote healin ...Read more

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