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Since the joint movement is not affected, this is unlikely elbow joint problem.
But this can be tendinities or inflammation of the tendon attachment at the elbow
it does hurt him when he uses it.
If there is no swelling, this is not bursitis either//
especially his fine motor skills
more likely tendinitis.
is it inner side of the elbow or outer side?
on the outer side.
top side if he is holding is arms out with palms facing each other.
ok then this is known as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.
Best is to avoid any wringing activities.
warm compress will help
ibuprofen ( motrin) can be taken if his blood pressure under control.
Should be seen by his doctor .
Xrays will rule out any bone problem.
But xray will not show tendinitis.
If the pain does not improve in a week, better to see an orthopedic surgeon for steroid injection.
Steroid injection at the site of pain relieves the symptoms.
the pain has been ongoing for quite some time, this past month, it's slowly getting worse and worse.
Ok then it is time to see a orthopedic surgeon.
what could happen if left untreated? (men, I'm sure you know how that is...:) )
can cause weakness and hand movement
should be addressed since going on for a month or so
motrin can be tried meanwhile
he just started a new blood pressure medicine about a week or so ago to lower it...I guess just a little higher dosage...he has to be seen for a followup in about 2 months. Wasn't sure if he should see a dr prior to trying the motrin
In that case, it is better to avoid motrin.
tylenol is safe.
He can go to the emergency room for the steroid shot if possible.
would they do a regular xray at the er or urgent care? or just refer to an orthopedic? The pain is not unbearable..it's just that he is talking about it, and for him to talk about it, I know it must hurt. He tolerates pain well. I asked on a scale of 1-10, he said pain is like 3 or 4. The pain is there, noticeable, affecting what he does with his arms, but manages to get by.
in that case, he may wait and ask his doctor for orthopedic referral.
ER will do the xrays.
Tylenol extra strength can be tried.
ok. He's telling me, that the pain he feels is a sharp pain, not a dull pain.
that is typically experienced with tendinitis.
Nerve inflammation at the site also can cause this.
steroid injection will help
thanks so much for your help.