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Fell On Elbow
Fell on elbow, diagnosis w bursitis. 2 weeks of motrin/ice. Inner forearm swollen, not tip if the elbow. Also have a sm fluid filled sac in the area. Normal?
Normal: Sounds like classic olecranon bursitis. Avoid any friction across your elbow. Try using elbow pads if you can't avoid placing friction across your elbow. It could take weeks to months to resolve and you are predisposed to having it again in the future. Draining the fluid is usually a waste of time. ...Read more
Fell on elbow last night. Very painful constant pain especially when touched. Its red, swollen and feels hot to touch. Is it fractured or just bruised?
Only an exam & ---: -images can tell U if fractured. If the swelling is just under the skin, it would B a blood filled olecranon bursa. I rec Cing a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon for eval & care. Image is of an infected bursa but this is where the swelling would B. In the meantime ice, sling & Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4 pain. ...Read more
Fell on elbow, diagnosis w bursitus after x-ray. No swelling improvement after 3 days w ice/motrin. Some hand numbness and limited fx. Normal?
Elbow bursitis: After trauma may take some time to resolve. In the absence of infection, patience is needed. A gentle compressive sleeve or elvow pad may help comress the tissues and avoid repeat trauma but just as long as the skin does not irritated and the elbow does not get stiff. Ice and nsaids work well. For chronic issues an injection with cortisine or for very refractory cases a sclerosing agent may help. ...Read more
I fell on elbow and was diagnosed with bursitis after an x-ray. There is no swelling and there is improvement after 3 days with motrin/ice. I also have hand numbness and limited functionality. Is it normal?
Could be: A trauma bad enough to cause bursal swelling could also be putting some pressure on the ulnar nerve on the inside of the elbow. This could cause some numbness in the ring and small finger of the hand. Keep up with the Motrin and ice. If numbness does not go away in a few weeks, get it checked out. ...Read more
See a specialist: See an orthopaedic surgeon who cares for elbows. Injuries often can restrict motion. Appropriate treatment may restore movement or at least preserve it in a functional range. ...Read more
See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more
My son fell on he' elbow yesterday in the park, it hurts, but hard to say how bad, swollen, he can bend he's arm as he is using it ok now hurts little?
Elbow pain: Sounds like he contused his elbow by your description. If he has any problems with range of motion or increasing pain or swelling do not hesitate to have it checked and possibly frayed. Expect by your description that he should be fine in a couple of days. ...Read more
I fell on my elbow and scratched it badly. It's very painful and a little swollen. Is ice the best treatment? If not what?
Clean it: Make sure that the wound is clean. An infection could make things a lot worse. If there is significant pain in the joint or in the bone then this may need to be looked at by a professional. ...Read more
What should I do for a swollen elbow my brother had fallen earlier today and fell on his elbow. It then began to swell and a huge bubble looking thing formed above the elbow and its briusing around it....There is also a minor cut/scrape on top of the bubb
You : You should see a doctor. While it sounds like you might have a bursal swelling/bleeding you should have an evaluation that includes a good exam and x-rays to properly evaluate the bone and joints of the elbow as well as so-called soft tissue i.E ligaments, tendons, and nerves and especially ulnar nerve. Elbow injuries even without fracture or dislocation can quickly lead to stiffness. Also though from your description it's unlikely you want to make sure you don't develop any kind of infection from the cut that might possibly communicate with the joint. Best of luck. ...Read more
I fell on my elbow on concrete 6 weeks ago and it is still tender to touch but OK to move. Should I get an x-ray?
Possibly yes: Usually it takes time for an elbow contusion (bone bruise) to feel better after a direct blow because there is very little padding between skin and bone. If there is no sign of an obvious break in the bone after initial injury , usually ice and motrin/aleve will help. If not better after 2 weeks, an xray would help to find a small fracture. So after 6 weeks and not better. Xray may need to be done ...Read more
Could my 11 year old have a broken humerus? He fell back onto elbow with his weight plus another child's weight.
I fell on my elbow the other day. I can straighten it out and I have good movement. But it's sore to the touch. Should I get it checked out?
Xray: Would recommend an xray to rule out a fracture. ...Read more
Fell on bent elbow hurts with exstention and feels like something is rubbing together at times with severe pain also hurts turning palm up to down?
Possible Fracture: You may have a fracture of your radial head. Pain at the elbow with a clicking or crunching feeling and pain with rotation of the forearm, (pronation and supination) are common after radial head fractures. You need an xray to make sure there is no fracture and if there is, to make sure the fracture is not in a bad position. Hope this helps, good luck. ...Read more
I fell on my elbow; X-ray n not broken, MRI shows ligament damage, cortisone shot n no pain. 4 months later extreme pain - do I need surgery?
I fell on my elbow badly a week ago. Still can't outstretch my arm fully, hold anything, or use that arm to get up. X ray shows no fracture. Help?
Consider: A follow up visit with your doctor if symptoms don't improve in 10-14 days after the trauma. Sometimes acute fractures aren't seen on xray requiring repeat x-rays evaluation to see a fracture line. ...Read more
Son fell yesterday grazed elbow there is no swelling or bruising he isn't complaining of pain but is holding arm against body and won't use it..xray??
He should be: examined and possibly have an X-ray. He may just have a bruise, but it is possible he has a dislocated (actually subluxated) elbow, also known as Nursemaid's elbow, which does need medical attention. It also is possible that there is a fracture, which would be diagnosed by an X-ray. ...Read more
Fell landed on elbow. Didnt feel pain for about 2 hours then my hand started aching can only hold elbow @ 90 to avoid shoulder and wrist pain go 2 dr?
Yes: Go 2 dr who can take x-ray. ...Read more
X-ray: Only way to tell is by takinf an xray, unless the arm is deformed by the fracture. ...Read more
After dinner and 1 beer I slipped (not drunk) on wet stairs and fell on my elbows and tail bone. soon felt nausea and faint. Recovered after sitting.
reaction you had is common with slip/falls and the fear that comes with them (Did I break anything??) As long as these symptoms passed and you are MOBILE ....apply ice and inspect for bruising! Hope this is helpful!
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Most likley some: Thing in the joint, please take x-ray to see if you hvae fracture. ...Read more
You would know: If you dislocated your elbow, you would have excruciating pain and be unable to move it. But is not subtle at all. Even if you likely did not dislocate it, if you think you otherwise injured it you would be wise to be seen and evaluated. ...Read more
I fell backwards on my elbow (down the stairs) 5 days ago. Whole elbow is black. Hurts more today then first day.
Fracture?: You can try rest and ice, but it sounds like you should have an x-ray to see if you broke any bones. ...Read more
I fell backwards onto right elbow (down the stairs) my whole elbow is black. Now 5 days later it hurts more! can't extend or bend fully..
ER visit indicated: Go to the er to rule out the possibility of a fractured elbow. ...Read more
My daughter fell and scraped her elbow and now its swollen i applied ice and now it's still swollen is this normal what should I do next?
Pain?: You have to make sure it is just a bruise and nothing more, like a fracture. Make sure the joint is mobile and there is no sign of infection that can also cause swelling. ...Read more
HI so i was iceskating today and fell backwards onto my elbow, Now it is hurting and i cannot move my arm up to touch my face or straighten it out?
You need to go to: Emergency Dept, because it might be a fracture or another serious injury. ...Read more
I fell on my right elbow & was told I have bursitis but it's the inside of my arm not the tip. Still swollen even after 3 days of ice/motrin. Normal?
Elbow Pain: You don't mention an x-ray. If you haven't had one, speak with your doctor about this. ...Read more
Last week i fell and hit my elbow(not the sharp part of the elbow) still have bruising and a bump also hurts if bumped. Could it be broken or chipped?
Have it evaluated: Why don't you see a doctor and have it x rayed, then you know. ...Read more
Yesterday i fell and hit my elbow and heard a loud crack. Its swelled up and pain from shoulder to tips of fingers. Please help
You should: Go to the er for an x-ray and neurovacular check. ...Read more