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 noticed:
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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014
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