Broken Elbow (cont.)
Broken Elbow Follow-up
It is extremely important to follow a doctor's medical advice to get the
best possible result. Keep all follow-up appointments.
- Use medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to
reduce pain and swelling.
- Elevate the arm to reduce pain and swelling.
- Leave the splint or cast in place.
- Take antibiotics to treat infection, if prescribed, or to reduce the chance of
getting an infection.
- Return to the emergency department immediately if any of the following is
- The hand is cold, pale, or blue
- The hand is numb, tingling, or feels "asleep"
- The forearm hurts when the wrist, hand, or fingers are moved
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