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Elbow injury, swollen, hurts to touch, arm numbness. What is this?

Hi, I was wrestling with a friend about 3 weeks ago and I fell right on my elbow . The next morning it was so swollen that it looked like a big tumor protruding from my elbow. It hurt to extend my elbow but didnt hurt too bad to touch. It was almost black from bruising and puffy. Now 3 weeks later it still looks like I have a tumor on my elbow and it is still puffy. It also seers with pain if I hit it on something and hurts a little to extend it. Other than that I feel no pain but my arm will feel numb sometimes. Any idea what this is?
Asked On : Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture with or without nerve injury. this lump most probably formed due to haematoma formation(blood collection)

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray/MRI of the area affected under his/her guidance.

Meanwhile you can take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting weight and rest well.

Wishing you good health..
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
It seems that you have suffered a bone injury around your elbow. You need to get an X-ray of the area done to find out the extent and exact location of the injury. Light weight plaster cast may be needed for relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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