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Lump on the upper arm, pain after falling. Broken arm?

My husband is almost 87. He took a bad fall - just on the floor, not against anything - and as I helped him up we discovered that he not only sliced his big toe but he has a giant, very hard lump/knot on his upper arm which he fell on. We ve tended to the toe and put ice on the arm but his arm really hurts a lot still. This happened about 3 hours ago. He doesn t think the arm is broken but . . . any suggestions?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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Signs and symptoms of a fracture are: intense pain and tenderness, swelling, deformity of the bone involved, limitation of movement

Normally for soft tissue injuries with no bony involvement , the following is suggested: R.I.C.E where r : rest , he needs to rest the arm , (2) I: ice , you mentioned that you are already doing this (3) C:in the presence of swelling, a compression bandage can be helpful to reduce the swelling and pain (4) elevation of the limb is also useful

Anti- inflammatory pain medication can also be used , on a full stomach.
As we age, bone density increases and the risk of a fracture increases, so if you continue supportive therapy and there is no improvement in his pain in a 24 hr period , it would be best to take him to be assessed.

I hope this helps
Answered: Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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