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Pain in elbow, back after pushups. ULNAR COMPRESSION?

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I've been having a problem with something I believe is due to Ulnar compression in my left arm. I think it started about 5 months ago when I was doing push ups or the way my arm was resting on an arm rest while I use my computer for long periods of time. I did some research on the internet and came to the conclusion that I probably have ulnar compression. I've changed the way I rest my wrists (keyboard pad) while using the computer, I also took the arm rests off my chair. That has seemed to help a lot, but I still have the pain every once in awhile in my back (see pic). My arm has gotten better (I use to have numbness in fingers, pain when bending my arm too hard). I'm not sure what fingers where numb as it was hard to pin point exactly which ones. My question is, why would my back be hurting where it is? It feels as if it is skeletal, not muscle. It comes and goes. It is hard to replicate the problem. With my wrist, I noticed that I can squeeze my left wrist (about 2 inches down) and feel a stinging pain ONLY in my left wrist.

Is the pain in my back and left arm all related? The pain is not bad. I am a healthy 32 year old, I'm just concerned.

Here is what I did do at the doctors office:

- One doctor checked labs: everything looked good. I think he checked for more things such as liver, kidney, gall bladder, ...etc. He recommended I do a ultrasound of my abdomen. I never went back because during this time, I figured I found out what the problem was.
- I got checked again by another doctor. He did basic checks and said I look healthy. He gave me anti-inflammatory medicines.

Now keep in mind, I've only briefly mentioned the above to my doctor, so he hasn't went into great detail about the problem. You are the first person that I have went into great detail with.


Matt Gayle

Category: Orthopedic Surgeon

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Kindly see the updated reply, this has been given by another Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tiwari..
Hello Matt,
Thank you for your query at
I have read your question with diligence. Looking at all the pictures and well presented pictures ,I have reached to conclusion that most probably all your symptoms are related with abnormal posture in front of computer.
The problem of tingling or numbness or abnormal sensation at your hand is due to carpal tunnel syndrome which happens due to excessive extension at computer key board.You may start wearing carpal tunnel splint and avoid abnormal position of hand and wrist during computer use.You may also take preparation of vitamin B6 for three times a day for 2 weeks.Research have shown good results in CTS.
Pain at back looks to be part of levator scapulae syndrome.It may be due to posture of continuously drooping shoulders, which in turn stretches the trapezius and elevator scapulae muscles.Giving frequent breaks in front of computer, doing stretching exercises in between, applying warm compresses over back are beneficial in this. You may take a mild analgesic like Tylenol for this.
Please feel free to discuss further,
Hope this all will help you.

Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
Category: Spine Surgeon
Fellowship - Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur
Residency - MS, Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, 2000
Medical School, Internship - MBBS, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, 1995
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