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Broken Elbow (cont.)

Broken Elbow Follow-up

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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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