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Broken Elbow (cont.)

Broken Elbow Prevention

Most broken elbows stem from trauma such as falls, sports injuries, or motor vehicle crashes. The same common-sense things you would do ordinarily to prevent accidents will help prevent elbow injuries.

Automobiles

  • Obey the rules of the road and drive defensively.
  • Always wear seat belt.
  • Don't drive with an arm propped on the window or hanging out of the car window.

At home

  • Remove household items that may cause trips and falls. Tripping hazards include power cords, small rugs, and footstools.
  • Wipe up spills and clean slick floors that might cause a trip and fall.
  • Keep walks and driveways ice-free in winter.

While exercising or playing sports

  • Always wear proper protective gear while playing sports.
  • Don't exercise, practice, or participate when overly fatigued. Injuries tend to happen when people are tired.
  • Don't continue an activity if elbow pain develops.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014

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