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Elbow Injury, Can't Identify

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2008
  • 06:33 PM

I was snowboarding today and experienced a violent fall on my left hand, I believe it was the elbow area that got hit. The pain was great for the first few seconds but then subsided, once I got down the hill I visited the medical center there.

The medic examined my arm and tried squeezing it in a few places, none of which hurt. He commented that the bone seems fine. I also told him that the pain seems to be in the muscles (bicep, tricep, and brachioradialis). He also noticed that I could move my arm and squeeze his hand easily. He gave me an ice pack and said that the pain should get better by tomorrow, if not, he suggested visiting a doctor.

Once I got back home, the pain got worse. This pain in my muscles feels like extreme muscle fatigue. My left-arm motion is now limited due to the pain I experience when trying to bend it or straighten it completely. While I can still squeeze a fist, it hurts when I try to rotate my palm. It really doesn't seem like it will get better by tomorrow, considering my motion is now partially restrained due to pain. I tried researching more about this online, but most muscle pulls seem to be in the legs, if this even is a musle pull. When I touch the area right above my elbow I feel some pain there from impact now.

I've also read about muscle rupture online but it claims that the injury is rare and typically only occurs in men over 30 who smoke (I'm 22 and don't smoke). Also, when looking in the mirror my left arm looks no different from right arm. I'm probably going to rest tomorrow and visit the doctor on Monday. But if someone could help me with diagnosing the problem, I'd appreciate it.

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