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Elbow Dislocation (cont.)

Follow-up

While the patient is being discharged from the doctor's office or emergency department, they will be instructed to follow up with a bone doctor (orthopedist), usually within 24-48 hours.

Wear your splint during the time after discharge and up until the orthopedist office visit. Do not move the elbow. Elevate the elbow as much as possible, and ice it to reduce swelling. Do not apply ice directly to the elbow; wrap the ice in something such as a towel to prevent skin damage. Some clinicians recommend a series of about 15 minutes of "ice" followed by 15 minutes without ice repeatedly.

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