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Injury on left butt, cannot lift leg, painful - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i fell on ice and landed on my left butt cheek it is bruised and swollen and painful i can walk but cannot lift my leg to put my shoe on too painful if there anything that could be broken there or just a bad bruise what should i do
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   how many days back did this happen ?
User :   i fell on same cheek about 10 days ago but not as swollen was almost better and fell on it yesterday 23 hoursago
User :   i have been putting ice on it and taking 800mg motrin
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do not apply any more ice
Doctor :   apply some heat packs on that
Doctor :   since the injury occurs due to cold injury, applying ice may not help
User :   is soaking in a hot tub ok
Doctor :   yes, using moist heat is fine
User :   heat isbetter than ice for a swollen injery
Doctor :   if you can walk and do ur routine jobs, then there is no issues about injury
Doctor :   it depends on the kind of injury in the first place
User :   is there anything that could be broken
Doctor :   since you fell on ice, there is reduced circulation in that area
Doctor :   application of more ice, decreases the flow of circulation
Doctor :   but applying heat , increases the circulation, and then helps in tissue repair
Doctor :   if you have severe pain, on moment of your thigh or hips, that could be a sign of bone damage
Doctor :   you might get an Xray of your lower limbs and hip to rule out any such fractures
User :   ok so apply heat and or soak in hot tub and swelling should go down
Doctor :   yes thats right
Doctor :   in addition, use some advil to reduce the inflammation
User :   if swelling persists how long should i wait before getting xray 2-3 days with no relief
Doctor :   yes
User :   is motrin the same as advill
Doctor :   max is for 4 -5 days
Doctor :   yes , both are the same
User :   if i can walk would that rule out a broken bone
Doctor :   yes,
User :   it hurts to lift my leg up to put on pants or a shoe
Doctor :   in case, you can walk, and gradually resume normal activities, then u r normal and have no fractures or broken bones
Doctor :   you have had muscle inflammation due to the fall on ice
Doctor :   and any movement involving the affected muscles will cause pain
Doctor :   presence of any pain even at rest, indicates that you have bone fracture
Doctor :   if pain comes only on movement, then its the muscle or bone involvement
Doctor :   Are u there ?
Doctor :   I hope i have cleared your doubts
User :   how can i determine if it is only muscle damage or a bone fracture with out going to hospital for xray
Doctor :   presence of any pain even at rest, indicates that you have bone fracture, which disturbs sleep, even on slight movement
Doctor :   if you have pain, on stretching the muscle, then its a muscular issue
User :   thankyou
Doctor :   specific motor movements, can precipitate the condition in muscular disorders
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
User :   goodby
Doctor :   take care,
Doctor :   have a speedy recpvery
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