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Swollen Elbows After Pushups
Boyfriend lifted weights/did push ups last night; hour later his right arm was swollen. Still swollen today. Solid/hard to touch; swishy @ elbow. ?
Joint or outside?: If you elbow is swollen in the joint (fluid filled), you may have acutely injured the joint cartilage itself. If the swelling is on the outside near the bony prominence, you may have injured or irritated a ligament or tendon. Try icing it, resting for a few days, and if it doesn't get better, i would see a primary care sports med doc, ortho or family doc to better evaluate it. ...Read more
Depends: I assume this is a recent change. Do you have a wound or infection near to the swelling? If a lymph gland is inflamed or infected, it is enlarged, firm and tender. If you have these findings, or if it is enlarged, irregular and nontender, then get it checked soon. Otherwise, get it checked if not improving. Hope that helps. ...Read more
My husband has a circular part on his elbow that is full of swollen circles. When popped, a creme like substance oozes from them. It is very painful.
Rest: sounds like you need to take a break from push/ups(2-3 weeks ) until your symptoms subside. You may be developing tendinitis of the triceps and rest, NSAIDs ( Ibuprofen) and topical pain cream are usually helpful. If you want to continue w/ your push/ up workouts widen your base to work your pecs a bit more than your triceps.Best of Luck! ...Read more
Be seen: Unless you somehow injured it in the night, it is likely either an inflammatory or infections process. Examples of inflammatory conditions that can affect the elbow include bursitis, gout, pseudo gout; infectious processes can include a cellulitis, infected bursitis, or septic elbow. It would be wise to be seen and fully evaluated. ...Read more
It depends: This depends on the severity of the injury, the number of disrupted ligaments and associated injuries and should be discussed with the orthopedic surgeon treating your injury. Generally, stability of the joint will progress as ligament healing occurs over 6-12 weeks. If instability persists, surgery may be necessary, and this can prolong healing time and return to activities such as push-ups. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have it evaluated.: It would be infected. Have it evaluated by a doctor if you are concerned. It may also just improved with time. ...Read more
Hypermobility: If you can straighten your elbow and then bend it more, you have a hypermobility syndrome - which is usually without other effects. Sometimes it can be caused by hereditary conditions such as ehlers-danlos syndrome or marfan syndrome. Someone with "bendy elbows" that hurt should see a doctor for evaluation. (internist or rheumatologist). ...Read more
My brother hit me above the elbow with a utensial and its swollen and when i try to straighten arm it hurts i dont want it to be broken?
Cold Pack See Dr: Hi MHolt Ouch being hit with a utensil and getting a swollen arm from your brother is a bummer.Make sure you are in a safe environment. Try to keep it in a position it does not hurt. Use an ice pack on it. If worse after that go to Urgent care or doctors office. Feel better Dr Lori Lange ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer