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Injured right elbow, inability to straighten either arms, numbness. Cause?

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I can not straighten either arm. When I try it hurts. Often, out of nowhere my elbows hurt by simply move them. I injured my right elbow while swinging a sledge hammer and missing my target. I think it over extended the elbow, I could not use my arm for several weeks. The left arm is not as bad as the right. My hands tingle and I have numbness at times, which I hope is related to the elbows.
Posted Wed, 25 Apr 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later

Thanks for writing to us.

If you are not able to use your arm or even extend it for last several weeks then it seems that you have seriously injured your elbows- it might even be a chip fracture of olecranon process. You need to have a medical help, get an X-ray done of both the elbows to see if it is only a soft tissue injury is not likely to restrict the movement to such a large extent.
Till the time you consult your orthopaedician, give rest to your arms, do a hot fomentation, apply a local analgesic gel and take a pain killer like ibuprofen for relief.

I hope my answer and recommendations are adequate and helpful. Waiting for your further follow up queries if any.


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