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Swollen Elbows Checker

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Your Swollen Elbows May Also be Known as:
Both elbows are puffy
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Elbows feel swollen
Puffiness in both elbows
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Top 3 Swollen Elbows Causes

  1. 1.Burner or Stinger Injury

    Burners and stingers are a common type of injury in contact or collision sports. This condition happens when the nerve supply of the upper arm is injured either at the shoulder or neck. The name comes from the stinging or burning pain that is felt spreading from the shoulder to the hand along the course of the affected nerve.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment involves first stopping all contact activities where further injury is possible. Then, your doctor may recommend a special neck roll or elevated shoulder pads.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one shoulder, neck pain on one side, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with burner or stinger injury:
    sports injury, constant neck pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Skin Infection of the Knee

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, knee pain, knee redness, knee injury, painful knee swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with skin infection of the knee:
    knee redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, elbow pain, elbow redness, painful elbow swelling, recent elbow injury
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    elbow redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen Elbows

  • Q.Is your elbow swelling constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.How long has your elbow been swollen?
  • Q.Do you feel your elbow locking?

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Swollen Elbows Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swollen elbows have also experienced:

    • 50% Elbow Pain
    • 50% Swollen Knee
  • People who have experienced swollen elbows had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 18% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced swollen elbows were most often matched with:

    • 7% Burner or Stinger Injury
    • 7% Skin Infection of the Knee
    • 7% Cellulitis

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