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should i go to the er for an elbow fracture or see the orthopedic doctor in the morning?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Pain?: Assuming the injury is closed (no break in the skin), you can apply ice and elevate the injured part as initial management. Certainly, if the pain worsens, or you develop numbness & tingling, you may opt to be seen in the er. Another consideration is how quickly you may be seen by the orthopedic doctor. Patients who are referred by the er may get scheduling priority.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Go now: If you have a fracture, it should be seen right away. If it is a minor fracture, the er will provide appropriate splinting and follow up information. An urgent care clinic is another option.

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Last updated Nov 22, 2014

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