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Fully Extend Arm
See md: From your history pain and the inability to fully extend your elbow for a period of time suggests bone spurs in the back of the elbow and/ or loose bodies (olecranon fossa). This is esp. Common in pitchers and other overhead athletes (in college and professional pitchers it is termed valgus extension overload-veos).If it is transient and u are not a ' thrower' u may have synovitis... Seeors. ...Read more
Fell off my bike, hit both palms with full force, elbow hurts and can't fully extend arm and elbow discolored, , wrists slightly swollen, why elbow?
It is common to break your elbow in such a fall
please get your elbows checked out with an xray. ...Read more
Fell on ice landed on elbow. Xrays showed no big break but bruised and was swollen. 10 days since, still can't fully extend arm. How long till healed?
Ortho: May want to get another xray. Sometimes occult (hidden) fractures will show up several days later on repeat films. Continue to ice and keep elevated. ...Read more
After falling over and landing on my elbow I can't fully extend my arm, should I give this a while to heal by itself?
Elbow extension: No, go get it checked out and x-rayed. It could be something treatable now, and not treatable later. ...Read more
I have this pain in my left elbow when I apply pressure to get out of a chair, when I fully extend my arm or waving.
When I try to fully extend my arm I can feel a little discomfort at the shoulder should I get an MRI or consult w a specialist?
See Dr. FIrst: Have a doctor evaluate you and they can order the test they feel is most appropriate for your condition. Good luck. ...Read more
I am not able to fully extend my arm after bisceps workout at the gym. What I feel is that its muscle sorness. Is it the reason?
A week ago playing dodgeball I tripped and braced myself with my left arm. Shooting pains in my elbow. It still hurts and I can't fully extend my arm.
You may have a: Fracture at the elbow. See a Dr and get an xray of your elbow immediately. ...Read more
I fell and injured my forearm near the elbow. The X-ray taken at urgent care came negative for fracture. Three weeks later, I can still not fully extend my arm and it pops also. What should I do?
Need new X-ray: Non-displaced fractures may be difficult to see on initial x-rays. I typically will repeat them in 1-2wks. In this case, radial head and/or neck fractures are common. Find a board certified orthopaedic specialist, for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Sc removal don, 2 weeks ago, bilateral arm pit areas. Forgot to take the post-surgery antibiotics. Cant fully extend either arm upward. Is it too late?
Yes: No reason to start taking the antibiotics at this point. However, the antibiotics would have nothing to do with your inability to fully extend either arm. This is a mechanical problem likely as a result of not extending your arms for the past 2 weeks. See your surgeon and get a good examination of why your having a problem. Most likely, you will need good physical therapy and all will be ok. ...Read more
Without exam, it is impossible to give you an accurate dx for your concerns.
Make an apt with your health care provider and they will give you answer and treatment. ...Read more
When I was born, my shoulder was broke, I am now 31, I can not fully extend my right arm. I have no pain but hear popping. Would I need surgery later?
Stop the popping!:
It is hard to answer this question without examining you. The purpose of the examination is to locate where the popping is coming from.
Generally speaking, though, it is not good for you to generate the popping by yourself. By doing that you may be creating a chronic injury, so try doing that as little as possible. ...Read more
I was in fight and fell onto bottles that broke three days ago and elbow still throbbing can fully extended or close my arm?
Time to see doc: Would suggest that you see a doc ASAP. Either a fracture or infection will have to be ruled out and treated timely in order to preserve function/ range of motion for your arm. ...Read more
I woke up this morning and I can barely move my arm. It doesn't hurt but it is tingly and I feel a lot of pressure when Imoveit. Cant fully extend it.
Positional: If your arm feels alright the rest of the day, then there is a positional effect on some structures like a nerve or muscle during sleep only. However if symptoms are present throughout the day, then I would suspect a nerve entrapment somewhere at the neck or shoulder level. An orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist could evaluate, advise and recommend appropriate tests and treatment as needed. ...Read more
I recently pulled a muscle in my arm and its pretty painful. I can't fully extend it. How can I get it to extend in a short amount of time?
Triceps tendon tear: Triceps tendon rupture is an injury that occurs to the triceps tendon in the back of the elbow. This commonly occurs from forced bending of the elbow during a pushing activity which can cause the triceps attachment to separate from the bone. A normal triceps tendon is connected strongly to the bone and is responsible for elbow straightening (extension) strength. ...Read more
I broke my radial head late february. Will my arm ever fully extend again? Its almost straight but not all the way.
I fell on my arm while riding my bike today, I can move my wrist and fingers just fine, but my elbow. I can't extend it fully or touch my shoulders.
I have shoulder pain that feels like a stiff muscle and I can get relief in certain positions what could this be a couple of months ago I was lifting some thing up with my arms fully extended and felt something pop and felt pain it gradually got better an
You: You may have a bursitis (inflammation of the fluid filled sac overlying the shoulder), or you may have a rotator cuff issue. Please see an orthopedic specialist. You may need physical therapy or even an injection so that you don't get "stiff shoulder syndrome", or "frozen shoulder". You may need an MRI of your shoulder. Please be sure you keep doing gentle exercises so that your shoulder doesn't become frozen. ...Read more
Started w/ dull pain when I move rt shoulder now getting sharp burning pain in rt wrist when arm is fully extended or stretched Just woke up this way?
TOO V CERVICAL DISC: SX are suggest cervical disc disease vs TOO (THORACIC OUTLET OBSTRUCTION)When you cough, sneeze or hiccup, you increase intrathoracic pressure and flare pain. Please see your doctor and get an MRI of the cervical spine and MRA of RUE to evaluate both conditions. The 2 can overlap and a NEURO CONSULT for EMG (ELECTROMYELOGRAM) may be needed. Also labs b12/folic acid/TFTS ...Read more
Rotator cuff: Pain with lifting the arm to the side may be caused by rotator cuff disease. This could be a simple inflammation, tendonitis or bursitis but may be a rotator cuff tear. Initial treatments include medications, therapy and possibly an injection. Workup may include x-rays or an mri. An orthopedic surgeon can make the diagnosis and start treatment. ...Read more
How long to wait before seeing doctor for elbow pain? Elbow hurts when arm is extended and when fully bent. Does not hurt when at a 90degree angle. Trying rest, ice, compression. Taking Tylenol for pain. Been hurting for 7 days.
RICE: You should get a physical exam, preferably from an orthopaedic surgeon, to examine your elbow bones ligaments tendons and joint space. I would also elevate the elbow and use NSAIDs such as naproxen instead of Tylenol for their anti inflammatory capability. Don't worry you'll be fine. Stay calm and see ortho ...Read more
Epicondylitis: Inflammation of the elbow joint is common with overuse of the affected joint. You could be suffering from "tennis elbow" a common term used for epicondylitis. Try a short course of advil 600 mg three times per day for about 7 days or naprosyn (naproxen) 500 mg twice a day for 7 days. You could also use a forearm brace which could releas some pressure of your elbow. Give it a try. ...Read more
I fell backwards onto right elbow (down the stairs) my whole elbow is black. Now 5 days later it hurts more! Can't extend or bend fully..
ER visit indicated: Go to the er to rule out the possibility of a fractured elbow. ...Read more
Have pain around back of elbow for 5 weeks now swelling just started, hurts more to fully extend and bend, what could it be and what to do about it?
Possible bursal pain: Hard to say w/o examination but that is what this healthtap service is...Sounds like the common olecranon bursitis which causes swelling in the back of the elbow and occ. Pain. If it becomes red or starts to drain fluid see your doctor urgently. Most times caused by trauma and alot of times they cause no pain at all. Avoid resting your elbow on table tops, etc. See your md. ...Read more
I'm a baseball player and I have recently been struggling with pain in my tricep righ above my elbow. It also hurts to fully extend my elbow?
I fell on my bike straight onto my palm, my wrist is fine, but my elbow hurts. I can't extend it fully or touch my shoulders?
I have pain in my right elbow. It is slightly painful when I fully extend it and is a sharp pain when I am gripping something or shaking hands.
Poss. Epicondylitis: Hi! Depending on where exactly the elbow hurts and whether it hurts when you twist hand (a door knob, for ex.) clockwise or counterclockwise you may have lateral or medial epicondylitis, aka tennis or golfer's elbow--both "overuse" syndromes. Need to identify and avoid the repetative/causative action with rest, anti-inflammatoris as initial Tx. If no better or there is redness and swelling see doc ...Read more
Not caused by injury. For the past week, I have been unable to fully bend or extend elbow. Pain is on the inside, top of the joint during movement.
Locked elbow: Very important to make sure you do not have a spontaneous infection. If you have any fever redness or lots of pain with motion go to ER or your family doctor and get this checked out ASAP. If not infected could be a loose body or other soft tissue structure getting stuck in the elbow joint. Go to an orthopedic surgeon and get 3Vs xrays of the elbow done. If Xrays negative then get MRI. ...Read more
Finished chemo a year ago. The past few days my inside elbow has been hurting when I fully extend. No redness, no trauma, no workout. Blood clot?
Please make an appointment to see your local doctor about your concerns.
Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more
Requites exam: Please consult an examining physician: we don;t have the ability to diagnose based on vague information. ...Read more
Not enough info: What bone/ bones were fractured? What type of fracture? Was surgical intervention required? ...Read more
Need more informatio: There is not enough history and physical details to give an accurate opinion of diagnosis to help you. Seek a more detailed consult on healthtap or in the community. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Pinched nerve: Pain that runs down the arm with or without numbness and tingling sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. This can often improve on it's own with rest and anti-inflammatories, but if your pain lasts greater than one week or gets worse see your physician. ...Read more
Tc: Torn triceps, tendonitis, broken humerus?Get a more detailed answer ›
While lifting 10 lbs. Felt pop in inner elbow area. Now cant fully strten or bend arm w/o pain. What did I do?
See a physician: Possibly represents a ruptured tendon. Need to be examined to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more
What could I have done to my upper left arm? I slipped on ice extended my arm as to catch myself felt pain then. Did not touch anything. Extend arm sudde
Strain: Not sure what you mean by "did not touch anything". If you fell onto arm with it extended, if could be a strain of the rotator cuff or a deep bone bruise. This is most common but if the injury was more severe it could represent a tear of the rotator cuff or a fracture. If a couple days of rest, ice and over the counter pain relievers don't help then you should see an orthopedic shoulder specialist. ...Read more
I hurt my arm about three days ago, it is very painful, cannot lift my arm up, I'm taking pain pills which helps but how long before it's fully healed?
Needs evaluation: Would need more information about your injury. How did you hurt your arm? If you cannot lift it up and the pain is still present 3 days later, you should have an evaluation by your doctor tomorrow. If your doctor is unavailable, an urgent care visit would be appropriate so an exam can be completed and further testing as needed. Good luck, hope you feel better soon! ...Read more