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Having pain, swelling and bruising in elbow. Suggest

I am a 47 year old female. I fell on the ice three weeks ago and broke the fall with my elbow. It hurt immediately, but had no brusing. Since that time, it only hurt when I would bear weight on it (lean on it) or bump it. Yesterday, I bumped it three times. It now aches alot and the area hurts when I touch it. Today, there is no swelling or brusing. Just aching, and pain with touch or leaning.
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
thanks for using health care magic

It is likely that there is just contusion of surrounding soft tissue

without trauma of bony structures.

Ice wrapped in a cloth within the first days could be of help. But then

all you need is to rest the hand and some pain killers. Routine pain killers that i

give to my patients with contusions or trauma include paracetamol, codeine

or ibuprofen.

You might consider to meet a doctor for an x-ray to be sure there is no bony

lesion associated.

Hope this helps you.
Best regards
Dr Achuo
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
A major fracture can be ruled out as you dont have swelling, any visible deformity and you are able to perform elbow movements normally.
Propably, it could be a soft tissue contusion which will resolve within 3 weeks.

* apply ice packs at the site of maximum tenderness
* avoid positions which cause you pain
* analgesic and antiinflammatory medications will help

If it is not resolving with the above measures, consult an orthosurgeon

Wishing you a quick recovery.
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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