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Did I chip or break my shin bone?

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About 1 month ago i ran into a trailer hitch on the back of a truck and developed a golf ball sized lump on my shin, it discolored and hurt very badly. Now there is still a small bump there and it hurts badly when i touch it and it kind of feels like there is a small piece of bone missing. Is there any chance that i chipped my shin bone? What would a doctor do for this anyway. My girlfriend is very concerned because iam a heavy set guy and since iam always on my feet and working, and running around is there any chance i may make it worse?

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replied September 12th, 2007
Orthopedics Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Injuries Answer A3261
Only an X-ray image of the lower leg will indicate if there is something broken on the shin, or not. Further therapy will depend upon the diagnosis. If there is nothing broken you can rest and can request a prescription for non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. If there is something broken you'll want to consult an orthopedist.

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