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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.
Elbow compress: If you do not think it is infection, ice and elevate. Try a compression wrap and rest it. If it is hot and red or if you have fevers or chills, get it looked at immediately.
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.
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.
Elbow: Sounds like you have "golfer's elbow" or medial epicondylitis. You don't have to be a golfer to get this. See an ortho.
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!
Probably can't: Many joints in the body make sounds when thay are moved. This is like cracking your knuckles. Unless this causes pain or an injury occurred there is little to do to stop it.See 1 more doctor answer
Arthitis: Due to; sweling of the jointd with crystal of uric acid.
Yes: If the elbow heals correctly, completely and you retain your full range of motion, you should be able to return to push ups.
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.
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.See 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.
Elbow swelling: Is it painful? . As this happened after known repeated movement of the joint it might be an irritation caused tendinitis or bursitis.
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).