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Arm Contusion, Radial Nerve

Injury from a direct blow to the area over the radial nerve in the upper arm,close to the elbow. Contusions cause bleeding from ruptured small capillaries that allow blood to infiltrate nerves, muscles,tendons or other soft tissue.


  • Radial nerve.
  • Blood vessels, muscles, tendons, covering to bone (periosteum) and connective tissue


  • Direct blow to the elbow and radial nerve from a blunt object.
  • Falling on an elbow.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Swelling at the contusion. site-either superficial or deep.
  • Pain and tenderness at the elbow.
  • Shocking, tingling sensation with numbness in the wrist and hand.
  • Dropped wrist and loss of some movement In the fingers and thumb.
  • Feeling of firmness when pressure is exerted at the Injury site.
  • Discoloration under the skin, beginning with redness and progressing to the characteristic "black and blue" bruise.
  • Restricted elbow activity proportional to the extent of injury.


Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

  • Support the arm in a sling.
  • wrap an elasticized bandage over a sponge rubber donut on the injured area. Keep the area compressed for about 72 hours.
  • continue ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with water and freeze, Tear a small amount of foam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage gently over the injured area in a circle about the size of a softball. Do this for 15 minutes at a or 4 times a day, and before workouts or competition.
  • Apply heat Instead of ice when skin warmth over the injury becomes the same as for the non-injured areas. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads, heat liniments or ointments, or whirlpool treatments.
  • Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.

Home Diet

Eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Your doctor may prescribe vitamins and minerals supplements to promote healing.


Wear appropriate protective gear and equipment, such as elbow pads, during competition or other athletic activity if there is risk of an elbow or radial-nerve contusion.

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