Experiencing a discomfort in elbow, no pain. What is this? - Online Doctor Chats
Good morning Doc.
Hello Dr. XXXXXXX
How can I help you?
I have been experiencing a discomfort in my right elbow for the last couple of weeks
There is no pain when the arm is at rest.
However, when picking up any articles, even small lightweighted ones, or with a range of movements, there is a pain in the outer bone/muscle of the elbow.
The discomfort is more evident when the elbow is within 90degress to 180degrees movement
Do you mean the pain is more evident on screwing movements as in loosening/tightning a screw?
there is a slight warmtn but no redness or swelling
infact from last evening the warmth has been radiating gradually into the forearm
May I know your age and type of occupation that you do?
Occupation - Desk job
typing on the laptop is the maximum activity
Do you involve in sport activities?
I do have a 13 month old kid, who i do a lot of picking and the usual tom-foolery one does with kids
No sports activities for the last few monthly
Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
Did you try any treatment?
Just apply light pressure and do rotating movements, when the pain is a bit too much
which kind of relaxes the muscle
Let me brief you.
The symptoms that you describe suggest that you have inflammed a muscle or one of the structures of elbow.
Two common conditions where such kind of inflammation occurs are
Both these conditions are caused by acute strain injuries. You may have sustained this injury while lifting your child.
The treatment here is primarily rest.
You can alternative icing and heat application on the affected regions.
Avoid screwing movements.
In addition you can also take oral pain killers for 3-5 days.
Any pain killer that you have been taking can do.
Yes, tennis elbow brace will do.
The pain is bearable, thus will skip the pain killers for now.
if that is ok in your opinion
Pain killers are meant for faster recovery and not for pain.
I would encourage you to take it for 2-3 days if that is ok with you.
The more you rest the joint, the faster will be the healing.
If symptoms do not improve in a week with resting, icing/heat application and pain killer
how long would you prescribe the rest period?
Depending on the severity of the condition, the rest period can range from a week to month.
You need to rest the joint with braces for atleast the next 7-10 days before reexamining the joint.
Have you followed?
Yes. Dr. XXXXXXX
I had one query though.
Proceed with your question.
How does a tennis elbow brace which just wraps around the forearm below the elbow, help in recovery?
The brace is a means to restrict elbow movements.
Movements when there is inflammation will worsen the condition and delay healing.
The brace is meant only to restrict movements.
Hope you understand.
Thank you for your guidance.
Do you have any other questions?
No Dr. XXXXXXX not at the present moment.
Thank you. Have a pleasant day.
Thanks for consulting me.
Bye for now.
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