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Fall on the arm, severe pain, difficulty in extending or bending, slight swelling. What should be done?

I was skating and fell on my arm with it outstretched. I heard something pop and had excruciating pain all through the front of my arm. It s been 2 days now and it doesn t seem to be broken since I can move it, but it still hurts very very badly and I can t fully extend it or bend it entirely. It hurts the most if it s twisted at all. Last night I accidentally twisted it and heard it pop again. It s slightly swollen but isn t tender to the touch. I m not sure what happened or what to do.
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

From description it seems to be soft tissue injury .

You need an x-ray to rule out any bony injury.

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.

Beside icing and elevating it, you can take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.

Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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