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What does swelling on elbow and soreness to touch suggest?

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Posted on Fri, 15 May 2015
Question: I dont kno wat dislocated or broken elbow looks like but my elbow is swelling up quick an very sore to touch but mainly feels not in the rite spots. It seems like its out of place or a slight break.... Wat does it feel an look like?
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
swelling, bruising, trouble moving

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
A broken bone usually is very painful. It will have swelling, bruising and you may have trouble moving it if it is near a joint. Usually there has been some trauma if you have a broken bone.
A dislocated elbow will have swelling and extreme pain on movement of the joint.
If you think you have either of these you need to see a doctor right away.
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Dr. Robinson

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What does swelling on elbow and soreness to touch suggest?

Brief Answer: swelling, bruising, trouble moving Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for your question. A broken bone usually is very painful. It will have swelling, bruising and you may have trouble moving it if it is near a joint. Usually there has been some trauma if you have a broken bone. A dislocated elbow will have swelling and extreme pain on movement of the joint. If you think you have either of these you need to see a doctor right away. Regards, Dr. Robinson