Elbow Pain after Injury Treatment
The treatment for an elbow injury depends on the type and severity of the elbow injury. Treatment for an elbow injury often includes rest, elevation, and cold compresses. More significant injuries may require immobilization in a cast or splint. Surgery may be required for severe elbow fractures.
Treatment for an elbow injury may include:
- Wound care
- Rest the elbow joint:
- Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
- If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
- Cold compresses
- Elbow cast
- Elbow splint
- Elastic wrap the elbow
- Elevate the arm:
- Above the heart if possible to reduce swelling
- Narcotic pain medication
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Surgery for elbow fractures
- Physical therapy for elbow injury
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Elbow Pain after Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of an elbow injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Elbow Pain after Injury Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat elbow injuries:
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