Elbow Injury

You or your child has an elbow injury. X-rays and exam today do not show evidence of a fracture (broken bone). That means that only a sling or splint may be required for a brief period of time as directed by your caregiver.


  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • If you have a splint held on with an elastic wrap or a cast, watch your hand or fingers. If they become numb or cold and blue, loosen the wrap and reapply more loosely. See your caregiver if there is no relief.

  • You may use ice on your elbow for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times per day, for the first 2 to 3 days.

  • Use your elbow as directed.

  • See your caregiver as directed. It is very important to keep all follow-up referrals and appointments in order to avoid any long-term problems with your elbow including chronic pain or inability to move the elbow normally.


  • There is swelling or increasing pain in your elbow which is not relieved with medications.

  • You begin to lose feeling in your hand or fingers, or develop swelling of the hand and fingers.

  • You get a cold or blue hand or fingers on injured side.

  • If your elbow remains sore, your caregiver may want to x-ray it again. A hairline fracture may not show up on the first x-rays and may only be seen on repeat x-rays ten days to two weeks later. A specialist (radiologist) may examine your x-rays at a later time. In order to get results from the radiologist or their department, make sure you know how and when you are to get that information. It is your responsibility to get results of any tests you may have had.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.