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I fell down a flight of stairs the other day

Patient: I fell down a flight of stairs the other day and now have a reddish brown bruise on my forearm that is larger than my hand and almost wraps around my arm, it is painful to rotate my arm and wrist, should I be concerned?

 

 

Symptoms: Bruising, swelling, tenderness to touch, pain, lump or buldge,

 

 

Doctor: Thank you for writing to us.You have a soft tissue injury. Do the following to help you. Use RICE therapy to help yo u with recovery.Rest the joint and do not move it oftenIce the joint for 15 mins every hourCompress the area by using a crepe bandageElevate the hand on top of 2 pillows to reduce the swelling.See a Doctor if the pain is not gone after 5 days. All the best.Hope this helps you.

 


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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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