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I Think I Hyper Extended My Elbow
I think I hyper extended my elbow. I need to quickly recover. How should I treat it? How long should it take to be healed?
Time: If it is just a sprain, it can take 2-8 weeks depending on the severity and treatment. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (rice) is a good place to start, to self treatment. If, however, you have any bony tenderness, restricted motion, numbness or loss of sensation, it may be more than just a sprain and should be evaluated by physician. ...Read more
I hyper extended my elbow. I need to quickly recover. How should I treat it? How long should it take to be healed?, it's been 4 months.
Straightened too far: A hyperextended elbow means that your elbow was fully straightened out and then some force was put on it to try and straighten it further than it should go. Oftentimes, the soft tissues that hold the elbow together & support it are strained when the joint is hyperextended - causing pain, swelling, difficulty with range of motion. Occasionally there can be bone injury too - ie bruise or break. ...Read more
Elbow, tendon, muscl: It is not clear at this point. There are different things we consider. Sometimes this can be tennis elbow. Is the lateral side of your elbow tender. We see this in tennis elbow. It can be worse when you resist dorsiflexion of the hand. The biceps muscle attaches about the elbow and the biceps tendon is actually in the shoulder, thus this tendon is not involved. ...Read more
My elbow just started hurting yesterday and I can hardly bend it without it hurting could it be that I hyper extended it? If so should I see a doctor
See orthopedic doc: Initial examination of the elbow should be done, and it may be that no x-rays need to be performed. Many physicians start with plain films, and progress to more sophisticated ones when indicated. ...Read more
See a specialist: See an orthopaedic surgeon who cares for elbows. Injuries often can restrict motion. Appropriate treatment may restore movement or at least preserve it in a functional range. ...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
Elbow hyper-extends & hurts on outside part of elbow. Could it be a ligament? How is this treated? Has been going on for at least 2yrs.
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
Elbow pain? I've had a pain in my right elbow for over a month and it only hurts when I extend it. It makes a cracking noise when extended?
Not the usual:
Usually not unless it has been complicated by other problems.
The only I could explain this if you bone disease happen when you were younger and we see the sequence.
Unless you had recent injury to the elbow?
Go and have x-ray on the elbow and see.
Good holiday. ...Read more
I fell on my outer left elbow and there is slight swelling in that area but no discoloration. It hurts to completely extend and completely bend it.
How Long??: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...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
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
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
Normal: The range of motion of the elbow is often decreased after extended immobilization. In a child, this range of motion should return to normal or near normal fairly quickly with continued use. If it is not improving quickly, you should discuss with your doctor if re-evaluation or physical therapy is indicated. ...Read more
I fell on my left side weeks ago and hurt my arm and I'm still unable to extend my elbow without severe pain?
I ma presuming you have had Xrays of the arm taken and no fracture was detected? If so, ligament/cartilage injury can cause inflammatory response with pain after such injuries, that can last several weeks.
Pl use heat or water aerobics which usually help in such cases, besides OTC anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more
I have had pain in my elbow for a week and when I extend it the pain gets worse. Did I sprain my elbow and how do I treat it?
Tendonitis: It is likely tendonitis and should respond to rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories. ...Read more
I have had elbow discomfort for the past few years, less than 1 on pain scale, when I extend my arm my elbows pop. Any ideas on remedying this?
You need be examined:
Guess work can set panic in many people, so see an orthopedist if this bothers you.
Good luck. ...Read more
I hit my elbow rather hard on the wall. It put me to tears. But I shook it off and now my elbow hurts to touch. I can extend arm. Should I wait?
Well!: As long as u have full pom & it is painless u may have olecronon bursitis. This would present as a fluid filled sack @ the tip of the elbow. U should b cn by an orthopedic surgeon 4 eval, xam & x- rays 2 b sure. If this is what u have some may aspirate & inject with steroids. If there's any abrasion or cut over the area there is a chance of infection. Increase in pain swelling & pain report right. ...Read more
I moderately tore my UCL in my left elbow 7 months ago and it got better-lately while batting I feel searing pain in that elbow-but only when extended?
Be seen: I would definitely follow up with your orthopedic surgeon and be checked to make sure you are not doing something that may cause further harm or damage to your elbow. ...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
Can you get a pinched never if your elbow was out of place? It's been 5 months and I still can't make a fist with arm extended or lift
Elbow. I: Of course but proper term is nerve impingement or crowding. All 3 nerves to hand- ulcer, radial and median nerve pass thru elbow. So consult family dr. Or neurologist. You can be tested with EMG and nc (nerve conduction) studies to determine which nerve is involved. Nerves have 3 functions- sensation to bone, skin but most importaint is motor power-makes muscles work. Is forearm smaller than o. ...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?
Fell three weeks ago landed on my arm, it was swollen a couple days and a little black and blue, arm still hurt arm does not hurt if at 90 degree angle but when I extend arm or bring in less than 90 degree angle arm hurt at front crease part of elbow
You: You could try simple measures such as over-the-counter medication, like Ibuprofen or aleve; however, it seems to me that it might be worth your while to seek additional input from your primary care physician. Three weeks is a rather lengthy time to have persistent loss of motion of the elbow. ...Read more
I am having pain in my elbow, can you tell me what it is? Last night it started when I had extend my arm outwards and a sharp pain went through my elbow, then today I did the same thing and it still hurts. One of my friends wrapped it up but it didn't wor
It: It is difficult to give you a solid answer without history and exam. You have not indicated your age, and the activity that created the problem. Since there is no trauma the most common problem for pain on the outside of the elbow would be a tennis elbow or lateral epicondilitis. If this is the area of pain try icing, over the counter analgesics, and resting. A simple test is to try to lift something with your palm up vs your palm down. If lifting with your palm down causes pain and this is not tender lifting with your palm up the problem is the epicondylitis. If you have any bruising or pain on the front part of the elbow another possibility would be an avulsion of the biceps. If that is the case seek care asap as it would need a surgical repair. This opinion is no substitute for a medical encouter. Consult your doctor for a full assessment. ...Read more
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