I got a bruise on my left arm when I fell, which is paining and numb. Please help.

Q. How to treat the painful and numb bruise on my left arm?

Answered by
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 19, 2022 and last reviewed on: Dec 06, 2022

Hi doctor,

Two nights ago, I drank too much at my friend's birthday party, and my boyfriend had to help me get home. I fell several times. As expected, I am now a bit bruised and scuffed up but what is bothering me is my upper left arm. Bruising is starting to come through and, if touched, is both exceedingly sore and numb, if that makes sense. It is below my shoulder and covers maybe four to five inches of square space. Neither my boyfriend nor I am sure if this was caused by him grabbing my upper arm to help me stand again or me falling on him. It is both painful and disconcerting and does not seem to be getting better, and I am unsure what to do about it. Please help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. The numbness can be due to swelling and compression of the cutaneous nerves, but the cause of bruising and swelling needs to be ruled out, so X-rays need to be done of the affected humerus, AP (anteroposterior) and lateral views. Do follow-up with X-rays, I suggest,

  1. Apply ice.
  2. Wear an arm sling to give rest to that part.

Thank you.

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