What could this tendor bump on inside of my arm be?
I reached my arm over the table to put my sons bottle down. I suddenly felt a sharp pain on the inside of my arm where the elbow is. Now I get the sharp pain when I stretch my arm out and it hurts to touch the bump. What could this be? Also I have some tingling in my pinky finger.
Elbow pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many common causes of this problem. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If you have elbow pain, some common causes include:
Lateral Epicondylitis – tennis elbow, symptoms being pain over the outside of the joint and difficulty gripping objects, and you don’t have to be a tennis player.
Medial Epicondylitis – golfer’s elbow, causes discomfort around the inner side of the joint, and not just golfers.
Olecranon Bursitis is most common behind the elbow joint, swelling and tenderness behind the joint over the bony prominence called the olecranon. Infections of the bursa can complicate the treatment.
Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons that surround the joint, often biceps tendonitis (in front of the joint) and triceps tendonitis (in the back of the joint).
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is compression of the ulnar nerve as is wraps around the inside of the joint causing elbow pain, or shooting pains along the forearm and numbness and tingling of the fingers.
Radial Tunnel Syndrome is an uncommon condition that causes nerve compression of the radial nerve, often found in people who have lateral epicondylitis, but do not improve.
Elbow Fractures can occur abound the elbow after injuries such as falls, sports injuries, and car accidents. The most common elbow fractures are olecranon fractures and radial head fractures.
If you are unsure, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:
Inability to carry objects or use the arm
Injury that causes deformity of the joint
Elbow pain that occurs at night or while resting
Elbow pain that persists beyond a few days
Inability to straighten or flex the arm
Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
Any other unusual symptoms
The treatment of elbow pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Not all treatments are appropriate for every condition, but may be helpful in your situation.
Rest: The first treatment for many common conditions that cause elbow pain is to rest the joint, and allow the acute inflammation to subside. It is important, however, to use caution when resting the joint, because prolonged immobilization can cause a stiff joint.
Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments for elbow pain.
Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of elbow pain.
Physical therapy is an important aspect of treatment of almost all orthopedic conditions to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return pre-injury level of activity.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for elbow pain caused by problems such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Cortisone injectionn are powerful medications that treat inflammation, common problem with elbow pain. Discuss with your doctor the possible benefits of a cortisone injection for your elbow pain condition.
Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery is a surgical treatment for relief of some types of symptoms. While not useful for all causes of elbow pain, arthroscopic surgery is a treatment option for several common conditions.
how do you select a attorney for a work related injury?
Both rotator cuffs and Biceps torn, a total of 4 surgeries have been performed and now they want to settle for $5,000.00. This has gone on for over 5 years and am still in pain. Social Security has me retired medically and the money is just not enough,HELP.
Word of mouth is best. Select one that is in a fairly large group and has experience with Workman’s comp. cases.
Also make sure he works on contingency fee.
How long after orthopedic surgery can an infection develop?
I under went extensive orthopedic surgery on my feet in July and have astonished the doc with the speed I have recovered but two days ago my big toe became my swollen, hot and I can’t have anything touch it. Is it likely to be the onset of infection or is it just one of those things. (part of the surgery was having my toes straightened so I did have metal rods down them) Hope someone can help me.
Just had both shoulders operated on about 6 weeks apart. I had a minor infection on about day 3 of the second. There’s no hard and fast rule but as long as there is a break in the skin you are more prone to develop infections. Call the doctor and see if it’s normal for the toe – my biceps bruised up a week or two after surgery and it’s not unusual for there to be swelling, pain, etc.
Right Bicep Muscle Pain Could I have a torn muscle?
I have severe pain in my bicep muscle on my right side. It looks a little larger than the left but there is no bruising. It hurts to move my arm up or down. I did take a hit to the bicep which seemed to have pulled my arm back. I thought I may have bruised the muscle but there is no bruising around the arm a day after. The muscle hurts to touch on or around the muscle. Could I have torn the muscle?
Did you hear or feel a “pop?
I’m a licensed P.T. …. From what you have described, it _sounds_ like you may have ruptured your biceps tendon. This is something that might likely require surgery to reattach (depending on age and if it is fully ruptured vs a bad strain). Either way, I agree the others, you need to consult your family physician, and then, if necessary, will get a referral to an orthopedic specialist.
I have cevical spondylosis on my neck, will i ever be able to develop a six pack?
I have two slipped discs in my spine, my doctor has advised me to avoid any kind of exercise, which bends or strains the spine, as it will aggravate my condition. I was told that this condition is never completely healed.Even simple jogging is quite painful for my neck. Under these circumstances, should i give up on my dream of getting a six pack?
Another option is surgery,
Have any one of you have gone through a similar experience? Any thoughts will be appreciated.
I am going to give you some advice on this. I am not sure that I totally agree with your doctor about the spine. You have a combination of degenerated discs and arthritis of the spine. If you do not work on strengthening the muscles that support the spine it is going to get weaker and worse. As for the abdominals there are lots of ways to work them without stressing the spine. Try this movement. The Plank is a traditional yoga movement that works all of the stomach muscles at a very deep level. To do this movement you should start off in a modified position. That position is to assume a push up position but instead of being on your hands you are positioned on your forearms. The object is to keep the spine straight and not let the lower back sag. The object is to work up to 1 minute in this position. The movement is more difficult than it looks. When you are able to do the 1 minute then do the full plank. That is a push up position with the hands under the shoulders. Work that position with the object to be able to hold it for 1 minute or longer. The next movement is to lie on the floor initially with the knees bent at a comfortable position and your arms above the head. Take a 1 pound weight in each hand. Place the biceps next to your ears and the rest of the arms out past your head. Now lift up the arms slightly while attempting to bring your pelvis up towards your chest. No movement occurs but it does force the abdominal muscles to work very hard. Again you can do this working up to 1 minute or do this movement in a series of contraction. Avoid jogging or jumping for this will indeed place a heavy strain on the neck. Try this movement to see if it helps your neck. Sit in a straight chair and keep the hips and feet flat on the floor. Raise the left arm up as high as it can go and note the endpoint. Return the arm to the side and now do the right arm exactly the same way. You will note that one arm went up higher than the other so start with the arm that went up the highest. Raise that arm up as high and hard as you can for 30 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds. Repeat this twice more and then do the same routine on the opposite arm 3 times. Now turn the head to the left as far as it can go and note the endpoint then do the same to the right. One direction is going to turn further so start in that direction first. Turn in that direction as hard and far as you can for 30 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds. Repeat this twice more and then do the opposite direction exactly the same way 3 times. Get up and move around. There should be less pain and more mobility present. Do these movements at least twice a day.
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