You have a very small break (fracture) in the radial head or neck – one of the bones in your elbow.
These fractures almost always heal well with time and gentle use – no speciï¬c treatment is required and therefore routine follow-up is unnecessary.
A sling will hold your elbow in a comfortable position for a few days.
As the pain settles, you should remove the sling completely. This can happen as soon as you feel able, but ideally after two to three days.
It is normal for most people to require pain killers shortly after injury and in the ï¬rst few days of recovery. Continue to take these as you begin to get the elbow moving within the limits of discomfort as this prevents the elbow getting stiff. Moving the elbow gently and regularly during your recovery will help you return to normal faster.
Forcible stretching is unnecessary, and is likely to cause pain and delay your recovery.
It is normal for their to be a slight reduction in movement at the elbow, especially on straightening it, but this is unlikely to affect your function.
Should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital, please contact the Trauma clinic helpline: 07970 199841. Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
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