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Fell from ladder, swollen thigh, purple discoloration on knee, pain in arm pit. Treatment?

Yes ,my name is XXXXXX and a fell from a 28 ft ladder the other day and yes I am glad to be alive and nothing broken but I landed on my left side and made my thigh swell and my thigh never turn black ,blue ,or yellow but now my knee is purple like there is bad circulation or something and its purple right on the front and also have a sharpe pain in my arm pit right side and right arm going YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sun, 7 Oct 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
Its nice to know that you are lucky to survive a fall from 28 feet ladder.
I suggest you see a doctor urgently if you haven't seen one, an orthopedic surgeon.
1. Concerning left thigh and knee: there are few movement tests to be done to see the functionality of your limb. Initial X rays will show up any fracture. There are soft tissues in the space between bones at the knee joint. Those must also be checked by clinical examination. The purple discoloration of knee might be due to blood clotting in the joint (hemarthrosis). If confirmed, it has to be treated by aspiration or if small, conservatively.

2. Coming to the right shoulder and arm: X rays may be required to see for any fracture or dislocation. Range of movements will have to be evaluated. Treatment is as per clinical findings.

Pain relievers need to be given if you are in pain.

Hope this helps
Answered: Mon, 5 Aug 2013
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