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Elbow Pain

cbougherccbougher Posts: 3
edited 01/22/2015 - 7:40 AM in Chronic Pain
Let me know if this is posted in the wrong forum:

4 years ago I broke my left radial head from a snowboarding accident. I made a "full recovery" with physical therapy and was able to fully straighten my left arm. I have since then lifted weights off and on and been moderately active.

Problem Start:
I began rock climbing December 20th going to the gym two to three times a week to boulder(climbing a short wall with beyond vertical routes).
A couple weeks ago I went skiing and was pushing my self around with the poles slightly hurt my left elbow it wasn't very painful but I noticed I twisted it weird. After we left skiing there was no observable pain.

Problem Noticed:
The week after I went skiing I went to the climbing gym as normal and after an hour and a half of climbing my left arm was in pain with the source of pain coming from my elbow.

I then went climbing 2 days later and my elbow started to hurt after about 2 sets and as I continue to climb the pain got worse to the point were I cannot bend my hand backwords without a pain.

I then took a few days off

Problem now:
Today I can climb and after a few sets I get little to moderate pain that I can deal with. (I am trying to stay away from bouldering routes that put extra stress on my arms)


I am not sure if my pain is because I am still building strength in my left elbow which still hasn't fully recovered or if there is something more serious.

What would you do if this pain happened to you?(and you were a poor college student) Any advice would be very very useful!!!!

Thank you for any help or advice you have!!!!!



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/22/2015 - 7:39 AM
    As you have had an accident damaging your elbow this forum will not have helpful information, as we are a spine site. There is nobody on the forum medically qualified you will need to discuss this with your doctor

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  • cbougherccbougher Posts: 3
    edited 01/22/2015 - 7:42 AM
    Liz said:
    As you have had an accident damaging your elbow this forum will not have helpful information, as we are a spine site. There is nobody on the forum medically qualified you will need to discuss this with your doctor

    Thank you for your comment!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    at Spine-Health (Veritas LLC) sister site


    there may be some information there that is closer to your problem.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I am assuming I have a really light form of tendinitis since I get pain after climbing for 30 minutes which goes away after less then two hours.

    I also assume this means to take off for a couple of weeks and do physical therapy in order to build the strength in my tendons.

    Thanks for your help!

    Any other advice or comments on my self diagnosis would be very helpful thank you for reading this!

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