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Pain in the arm with swelling. Chances of fracture?

Hi! I tackled during a rugby practice and I must have fell wrong because I have developed a large swelled are, not really a bump but almost. It immediately swelled. I can move my arm but it hurts to the touch. It is just beside my elbow . I have been icing it for 2 days but it doesn t seem to be going down. Could this possibly be a fracture? When should I consult a doctor?
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
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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.

In the interim,beside icing to the affected area,take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.

Hope this information helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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