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What causes pain in left arm right below elbow?

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Posted on Fri, 1 Aug 2014
Question: recently I have been having a pain in my left arm right below my elbow on the inside of my arm when I bend it or when I try to pick something up could this be a muscle and what should I do
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Answered by Dr. Mukesh Chugh (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Golfer's elbow may be the cause

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for posting
I have gone through your query carefully and based on that it looks to be Golfer's elbow.It is usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons.
Despite the name, this condition doesn't just affect golfers. Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer's elbow. People may also get it from using tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting.
My suggestion for you would be-
1. Apply ice to your elbow for 15-20 minutes three to four times per day. Rest the injured elbow for at least a few weeks. You may benefit from a splint or strap to prevent pulling of the injured tendon.
2. For pain, you may take over the counter available pain killer like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to reduce pain and swelling. A topical medication may help as well.
3. After a few weeks, you may start stretching exercises and gradual strength training. Do not return to the activity that caused your golfer's elbow until you are fully healed.
Hope this helps and I shall be glad to answer any further query.
Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Mukesh Chugh

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Brief Answer: Golfer's elbow may be the cause Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for posting I have gone through your query carefully and based on that it looks to be Golfer's elbow.It is usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons. Despite the name, this condition doesn't just affect golfers. Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer's elbow. People may also get it from using tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting. My suggestion for you would be- 1. Apply ice to your elbow for 15-20 minutes three to four times per day. Rest the injured elbow for at least a few weeks. You may benefit from a splint or strap to prevent pulling of the injured tendon. 2. For pain, you may take over the counter available pain killer like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to reduce pain and swelling. A topical medication may help as well. 3. After a few weeks, you may start stretching exercises and gradual strength training. Do not return to the activity that caused your golfer's elbow until you are fully healed. Hope this helps and I shall be glad to answer any further query. Take care