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Hit my elbow. Developed bruise and having pain. What are the possibilities of a fracture?

I fell during volleyball today and hit my elbow very hard on the hard court. My elbow is currently extremely painful to touch and to movement of my arm . It is swollen on my left side of my elbow and black and blue, it has gottenworse over the past 24 hours. What are the possiblities of a fracture? And I am applying ice.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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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.

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 of the area affected under his/her guidance.

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

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Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Achuo Ascensius's  Response
Hello, thanks for using health care magic.
To every trauma, there is need to rule out the most fear outcome which in your case is a fracture at your elbow.
A fracture is accompanied immediately after trauma by severe pains and loss of function of the limb followed by swelling and there is risk of damage of blood vessels and nerves directly or through a complication in which the pressure inside the surrounding muscle increases.
Injury to ligaments would also present with immediate onset of pain, reduced function swelling, however, symptoms are less acute than that of a fracture.
To be sure of what is going on, a detail physical examination of your elbow by a doctor is necessary together with at least an x-ray.
Best regards and hope this helps you.
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Naturopathy & Yoga Specialist Dr. Ambika Murali Krishnan's  Response
You have to take a x ray for the evaluation of your complains so consult an orthopedic Dr for the investigation procedure and for the treatment ,do not delay no home remedies.
Take care.
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