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Arms swollen, bruised after falling from roller skating. Pain on straightening elbow. X-ray required?

On August 4th, I fell down on my elbow roller skating. It was swollen, and there is still a huge bruise on the inside of my arm , and it is still tender at the top and towards my tricep. I have more range of motion than I did, but I cannot straighten my elbow and if I try, there is pain. I am not sure if I just severely bruised the bone or if I did more and need to get an x-ray .
Asked On : Sat, 25 Aug 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi welcome to HCMForum. It is not wise to wait so long with the dought. when ever there is swelling and pain due to injury persist for more than 2days, you should rush to an orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. you may need to take Xray of elbow in 2 directions AP AND LATERAL, along with other routine tests. you may need to have a plaster cast. if it already started union in wrong way osteoclasis and plaster are required.
Dont worry about the medical terms, you will be fine if proper treat ment is taken in proper time, even now it is not late.
besides i advise you to follow some diet recomendations as dont take potato pulses and fish. take more of green leafy vegetables egg meat fruits and juices to hasten recovery. Wishing for a quick recovery, thanks for calling.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi , welcome to healthcare magic

I think that it would be a good idea to get an Xray done since you are still having pain 3 weeks after the injury. In most cases the pain should have resolved in that time period.
If the bone was fractured, it would have already started to repair itself, the problem would be whether the fracture is aligned correctly and also it may heal slower without intervention and with increased risk of complications.

A closed fracture normally presents with significant pain, swelling, difficulty with moving the area involved, in some cases deformity.
It may not be fractured and the pain may be as a result of another complication of the fall such as injury to the ligaments, tendons or muscles however you will need to be assessed by your doctor to determine the exact cause.

I hope this information is helpful to you and that you feel better soon
Answered: Sat, 25 Aug 2012
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