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Old 02-18-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Do I have a broken arm?

I fell this morning wresting with a friend and landed on my arm. 5 hours later, there is still pain in my arm from my wrist to elbow.. I have never broken a bone in my body. If I have a broken arm, will the pain be severe? I don't feel any pain when I am not using my arm.

I don't know if this is relavant, but when I squeeze my arm, it does not hurt.

I would like to avoid a trip to the doctor if possible. What is the longest I can wait before I risk long term injury.

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:48 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have a broken arm?

Although one can never be sure without an x-ray, but it is very unlikely that you have a fracture. With a soft tissue injury it is normal to still have some discomfort 5 hours after the injury. It does not sound like your discomfort is significant. If the pain increases significantly, persists more than a few days, or if you develop weakness or numbness in your arm you should have it evaluated by a physician. Otherwise, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).

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