Your elbow may get forced out of its normal position (dislocated) if you fall on it or jar it hard. An elbow that is dislocated causes pain from the elbow to the hand. The doctor put your elbow back in its normal position. But you will still need to be careful, as it can more easily go out of position again.
Rest and home treatment can help you heal. Your doctor probably put a splint on your elbow to keep it in position while it heals. He or she may advise physiotherapy to help you exercise your elbow and keep it flexible. If you injured muscles or tendons, you may need more treatment or surgery.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Z507 in the search box to learn more about "Dislocated Elbow: Care Instructions".
Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
©2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.