Broken Elbow (cont.)
Broken Elbow Medications
A wide variety of pain relievers are available for a broken elbow.
Oral medications are usually used for mild pain.
Injections, either into a muscle or into a vein (by IV), are used for moderate to severe pain.
Medication can be put directly into the elbow joint to relieve pain or it can be given by injection or IV.
If the elbow is dislocated or broken and needs to be reset, medications also can be used to help this process.
Certain medications relieve pain extremely well, and although they may cause sedation (sleepiness), they allow muscles to relax and help reduce the pain a great deal while the doctor treats the elbow injury.
After receiving these medications and having the elbow reset, many people awaken to find their elbow has been repaired and splinted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014
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