Thanks for your question. We will do our best to provide you with some useful information. However, please note that without doing a full examination, it is difficult to make specific comments about your situation.
Pain on the inside of the elbow can be a sign of a few conditions.
One of the conditions is called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.
This is when one of the nerves on the inside of your arm becomes irritated. Along with pain on the inside of the elbow, this condition can cause numbness to the pinky finger and ring finger and is usually aggravated by activities that require prolonged or repetitive bending of the elbow. Bumping the back of the elbow can also irritate this nerve, causing a shock-like sensation also known as “hitting your funny bone”.
Another possibility is Medial Epicondylitis, or Golfer’s Elbow.
This can also cause pain on the inside of the elbow that can travel down to the wrist. This occurs when one of the tendons that goes from your elbow to your wrist becomes irritated and is typically aggravated by activities that require repetitive bending of the wrist.
With either of these conditions, icing the area of pain for 10-15 minutes at a time can help with pain and inflation.
Modifying activities to avoid the aggravating motions is also recommended. While it may be safe to return to work, it is possible that your elbow pain may worsen once you begin to work again. If your symptoms do return, you would likely benefit from an evaluation with a physical therapist who could determine the origin of your symptoms and work with you to create a customized treatment plan to ensure that your condition does not worsen.
Please note, this reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.