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Sharp pain in the fold of elbows after lifting weights. Painful to straighten shoulders. Solution?

I am having a sharp pain on the fold of both of my elbows. I am 16 year old girl and had lacrosse conditioning this morning. Today we held 5lb weights and did 3 sets of 20 lunges , while just holding the weights at our sides. We weren t lifting anything otherwise, so that s why I am confused. I was sore throughout the day, then randomly this evening the pain got sharper. If I keep my elbows bent for a period of time, and go to straighten them, they are locked up and are painful to straighten. But, it is also painful to straighten them completely. I assume it is something muscle related, but I m not sure if I should stretch it or anything else? I took 2 Aleve for my first dose about 2 hours ago, no pain was relieved. Anything I can do to help ease the pain?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

The symptoms in your description suggests an Elbow strain owing to unaccustomed physical activity. The general treatment guidelines are as follows -

* Give adequate rest to the elbow without indulging in any activities that puts additional strain on it.
* Ice packing once in 2 hours to relieve the acute pain
* Local application of analgesic gels
* Moist heat fomentation to relax the taut soft tissues
* Analgesic medications as needed

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 15 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM
The symptoms you have described are more likely to be symptoms of elbow strain.
To get relief from the pain and for quick healing:
1. apply ice packs to affected area
2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.
3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.
4. Do not lift weight or try to do exercise that involve painful muscles. Give proper time for the injury to heal.
Hope this will helps you. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 16 Aug 2013
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