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Broken Arm (cont.)

Broken Arm Follow-up

Most broken arms will not require admission to the hospital. For all other fractures, the treating doctor will suggest the patient follow up with an orthopedic doctor (bone specialist). At that time, the orthopedist will determine what further care (continued splinting, casting, or surgery) is necessary based on the type of fracture.

Additional follow-up instructions for fractures include the following:

  • Wear any support device (splint, sling, or brace, for example) until the patient sees hte doctor for follow-up.
  • Keep the splint or cast clean and dry.
  • Apply ice to the injured area for 20-30 minutes 4-5 times a day.
  • Keep the arm elevated above the heart as much as possible to decrease swelling. Use pillows to prop the arm while in bed or sitting in a chair.
  • Take pain medicine as prescribed. Do not drink or drive if while taking narcotic pain medication.
  • Call the doctor for increased pain, loss of sensation, or if the fingers or hand turn cold or blue.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/7/2012
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