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Swelling, bruising in shin after being hit. Continuing normal physical activity. Contusion or fracture?

I took a really bad hit to my shin. I was wearing thick plastic shinguards lined with foam and from the hit I still managed to get swelling and bruising. Walking for like five minutes, my shin muscles tighten up so quick and feel like shin splints on that leg. Its been a week since the injury and theres no bruise but still a bump. It didnt hurt until pressure was applied to the site and now it can be touched without instant pain at a certain site. Is it a contusion or could it be fractured? I have been doing physical activity since getting hit.
Asked On : Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
From your description, it seems that you have suffered a contusion in the area of the shin after the injury. Since you can bear weight on the leg without much pain, bone injury is not likely. You can do a hot fomentation for relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Utkarsh Narang's  Response

The pain you are feeling appears to be a just a contusion. You should apply ice for 10 mins at least 3-4 times a day, that should help in relieving the inflammation and pain. Also take an anti inflammatory and apply a compression bandage to protect the muscles of the shin to take strain.

After a couple of days visit an orthopedic or get a digital X ray of your leg just to check for any hairline fracture or bony trauma.

Get well soon.
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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