Sprained Elbow Treatment
Treatment for an elbow sprain usually includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and an elbow splint. With some elbow injuries, you may wish to wear a sling for comfort. Other measures include narcotic pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Severe sprains may require arthroscopic surgery.
Treatment for an elbow sprain may include:
- Cold compresses
- Rest the elbow
- With some elbow injuries you may wish to wear a sling for comfort:
- 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.
- Elbow splint
- Elastic wrap the elbow
- Elevate the arm:
- Above the heart if possible
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Physical therapy for elbow fracture
- Arthroscopic surgery for elbow sprain:
- To repair elbow ligaments.
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Sprained Elbow Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of an elbow sprain.
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?
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