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I fell on my forearm saturday, went to the ER tuesday night and received a negative x ray, I am still in pain. Help?

I fell on my forearm saturday, went to the ER tuesday night and received a negative x ray, I am still in pain. Help?

Ask for MRI +/- CT: It sounds like this happened a week or more ago, so if you are still symptomatic, more tests are needed. Mri will show the tendons and ligaments as well as the muscles. It can also show if you have marrow edema (bone bruise). Ct might pick up a tiny subtle fracture that cannot be seen on x-ray or is very difficult to see. We call this an occult fracture. ...Read more

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Broken forearm or not. Looks swollen, hurts a lot, but X-ray was ok today?

Broken forearm or not. Looks swollen, hurts a lot, but X-ray was ok today?

Soft-tissue injury?: Sounds like a lot of soft-tissue damage. Be careful: even if xrays were read out as negative, be sure to have them viewed by an orthopaedic surgeon who has examined you. Clinical correlation is extremely important, for I have seen well over 100 fractures that were missed on initial x-ray report. Soft-tissue injury can cause pain and swelling for months. Start therapy early. ...Read more

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Following an injury I had 2 weeks ago, i've had persistent dull pain on the lower end of my forearm (side facing body). X ray shows nothing. Ideas?

Following an injury I had 2 weeks ago, i've had persistent dull pain on the lower end of my forearm (side facing body). X ray shows nothing. Ideas?

Soft tissue injury: Much would depend on what type of injury you had i.E did you bang it, twist it, pull it etc.. ? X-rays only show injury to bones, so injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves will not show up. A good history and exam by a hand surgeon will tell a lot. If needed an MRI could help with the diagnosis of soft tissue injuries. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Where does a fractured forearm get examined? At the X-ray place or the orthopedic clinic?

Where does a fractured forearm get examined? At the X-ray place or the orthopedic clinic?

Orthopaedic clinic: A clinical examination by a physician should be the first step. In that way the most appropriate x-ray can be ordered (if necessary) and then interpreted. Treatment depends on the clinical exam and the x-ray. ...Read more

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Both bones in forearm are broken, big cast=3 wks, short cast 3 wks. X-ray still shows deformity. Growth plate still active. Should i worry?

Both bones in forearm are broken, big cast=3 wks, short cast 3 wks.  X-ray still shows deformity.  Growth plate still active.  Should i worry?

Your age: The amount of deformity and how much growth is left plays a big role. If you are fully grown then that is different and you may need to have this fracture operated upon if it is truly a forearm fracture. ...Read more

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I cannot supinate my right forearm. It came on suddenly one day, there was no previous trauma. Gp did X-ray and MRI it showed nothing. ?

I cannot supinate my right forearm. It came on suddenly one day, there was no previous trauma. Gp did X-ray and MRI it showed nothing. ?

PT, monitor: The supinator muscle is innervated by the deep branch of the radial nerve. Your symptoms may also be coming from the C8 level of the neck. Undergo physical therapy for now, and if the symptoms persist or worsen, see your physician again. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://neurosurgery.med.nyu.edu/conditions-we-treat/z-conditions-guide/supinator-syndrome ...Read more

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Tendons/muscle on lateral side of forearm near the elbow spasm, swell, hurt and is tender. X-ray and ultrasound show nothing is wrong. What may it be?

Tendons/muscle on lateral side of forearm near the elbow spasm, swell, hurt and is tender. X-ray and ultrasound show nothing is wrong. What may it be?

Tennis elbow?: Might be inflammation at the origin site of the extensor tendons on the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. Ultrasound and xray would be normal; an MRI would likely show some edema/swelling there in the form of increased t2 signal, but this expensive test may not be necessary. You may just need some rest, ice, and possibly anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen. See doctor though if it continues. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

First see your Dr.: After any trauma that occurs, especially fall injuries down staircases requires that you see your doctor for evaluation, and to make sure you haven't injured bones, tendons, muscles strain, or ligaments. An x-ray will rule out fracture, but an MRI will show soft tissue injury. So your doctor will determine which one you need.Then, you'll need realignment to get everything back in order.Don't wait. ...Read more

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Blood vessel on forearm feels firm in 1-2cm location.What can be the cause?MRI & xray normal in area & vessel.what can it be, also small bump there.

Blood vessel on forearm feels firm in 1-2cm location.What can be the cause?MRI & xray normal in area & vessel.what can it be, also small bump there.

Phlebitis: Sounds like Phlebitis = irritation of vein. Bump could be clot in vein from irritation = thrombophlebitis. Common after IV or trauma to vein. Should resolve with warm heat and aspirin. ...Read more

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My 12yo son ran full speed into a wall during basketball stopping himself with his left hand/arm. Considerable pain in his forearm. X-ray was negati?

My 12yo son ran full speed into a wall during basketball stopping himself with his left hand/arm.  Considerable pain in his forearm.  X-ray was negati?

Rest and recheck: At 12 years old, your son still has growth plates. They can break without being noticeable on X-ray. If that is the case, the break is not out of place, so treatment would be just to protect it. But pulled muscles and ligaments also hurt. Wrap his arm with an ace bandage. Let him use it lightly and give him tylenol for the pain. Then give it a week. If it's still sore then, repeat the X-ray ...Read more

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Have a lump on forearm and mild pain after falling. Xray had said no fracture. Can X-ray be wrong?

Have a lump on forearm and mild pain after falling. Xray had said no fracture. Can X-ray be wrong?

It's : Not uncommon for an xray to be normal/negative in these cases. Further imaging (if needed) with ultrasound, ct, or MRI may provide additional information about the lump and pain. ...Read more

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Hit my forearm when I fell. A little bruising but it looks fine. Aches, is sore & uncomfortable rotating/flexing wrist. Should I get an xray?

Hit my forearm when I fell. A little bruising but it looks fine. Aches, is sore & uncomfortable rotating/flexing wrist. Should I get an xray?

Need exam: X-rays really can not be ordered over the computer. you need a Doctor who examines you to order any diagnostic testing as they would then get the results and follow-up with you as appropriate. Take some Anti-inflammatory meds (NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen if not allergic to them) and see the Dr. for an examination and any needed testing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My forearm aches and is tender just proximal to the wrist joint. I fell on an outstretched arm 2 weeks ago...xray was clear so why does it still hurt?

My forearm aches and is tender just proximal to the wrist joint. I fell on an outstretched arm 2 weeks ago...xray was clear so why does it still hurt?

Make sure: you don't have a fracture that wasn't seen in the initial x-ray. It an take a couple of weeks for some fractures to be visible on x-rays. Check with your doctor if you are still having pain. Absent a fracture you may have injury to the tendons and ligaments of the wrist. ...Read more

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I fell and injured my forearm near the elbow. The X-ray taken at urgent care came negative for fracture. Three weeks later, I can still not fully extend my arm and it pops also. What should I do?

I fell and injured my forearm near the elbow. The X-ray taken at urgent care came negative for fracture. Three weeks later, I can still not fully extend my arm and it pops also. What should I do?

Need new X-ray: Non-displaced fractures may be difficult to see on initial x-rays. I typically will repeat them in 1-2wks. In this case, radial head and/or neck fractures are common. Find a board certified orthopaedic specialist, for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Arm, hand & elbow pain & skin burning forearm. X Ray neg. How was dx of RSD made without testing for ulnar nerve impingement?

RSD: RSD is now called chronic regional pain syndrome. It is a clinical diagnosis but sometimes we use a bone scan that can help detect changes and then affected extremity. I recommend to my patients the use of topical pain creams such as diclofenac and others. I would also recommend evaluation by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Right forearm both complete fracture overlapping 3months already in cast xray no callus formation appreciated but my doctor allows me to move my arm?

Right forearm both complete fracture overlapping 3months already in cast xray no callus formation appreciated but my doctor allows me to move my arm?

I'd need to see the: Images. However, no callous formation at 3 months is concerning. Sometimes the cast can obscure the callous. You might want to ask your doctor if extra imaging (ct) might be helpful. ...Read more

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One month ago i fall down. And injured my elbow. I went to doctor. He did an xray and told that it is neither dislocation nor fracture. I have swelling l cannot straighten my arm and cannot flex forearm. When i try i have pain in inner elbow. ?

Bone scan: In cases like yours, often there's a fracture that wasn't seen on xray. Persistence of swelling, in my opinion, signifies fracture until proven otherwise. If a repeat xray is still negative, I recommend obtaining a bone scan which can reveal a fracture. I agree with Dr. R that you should consult an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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