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Painful lump and bruise on the elbow after being hit. Is there a chance of fracture?

I hit my elbow on a bookcase while walking around a corner where it was a bit too quickly. It hurt a little, but I thought nothing much of it and continued on with my business. About 15 minutes later, when sitting down to the computer, I noticed a rather large bump had swollen up, much like a goose egg that you get when hitting your head. This bump was somewhat warm and a little red, but not much. It was painful only to the touch. I applied some arnica gel which seemed to help. Within a few hours, however, the bump and surrounding tissue began to bruise . Still, only a slight ache. Later in the day, at the insistence of a my husband, I applied ice, which made it hurt like heck. Now, nearly 5 days later, I have a large bruise surrounding the bump, although the bump is quite a bit smaller. Dull ache occasionally,and the bump hurts to touch if I push down on it. Should I be concerned? Is it possible that I broke something? Update: Bump has now gone down considerably and bruising is receding somewhat. No pain in moving elbow around so I'm fairly certain there's no major break, but if someone brushes against me (as in crowded elevator) there is pain.
Asked On : Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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Sports Medicine Specialist 's  Response
1_make elbow fixation by elastic bandage
2_make X ray first to determine fractures or fissures
3_ take X RAY REPORT to orthopaedist
4_take pain killer medication like ibu prophen
after that take physical therapy sessions for elbow
1_ice pack if there is swelling or hot pack
2_electro therapy
3_mobilization exercises
thank you
Answered: Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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Hi julie
what ever you hav done is ok . get a x ray done to see the bony injury. If no fracture in x ray treat as soft tissue injury . Rest , cold fomentation, paracetamol,
best of recovery to you
Answered: Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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