Rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 indicating very little
pain and 10 being the worst pain you have ever experienced. Then look below to
find the appropriate term to apply to the level of severity of your pain.
1 to 5 = Mild pain
6 to 7 = Moderate
8 to 9 = Severe pain
10 = Worst pain
Pain from minor injuries is usually mild to moderate. The pain may
gradually become more severe over time because of swelling and muscle spasms.
"Spasm" pain can begin minutes to hours after an injury and usually gets better
or goes away within 48 hours, but it can come and go.
You may have bumped your
funny bone at the back of your elbow, causing shooting
pain and numbness. The funny-bone sensation can be intense, but it is normal
and will go away on its own.
After a sudden (acute) injury,
such as a deep bruise (contusion),
dislocated elbow. Pain is sudden and often severe.
Bruising and swelling may develop within 30 minutes of the