The first week post-op should be the worst as far as pain management goes, take your pain meds as ordered. As time goes by your pain should diminish. Usually after 6 weeks you may resume normal activity and your Dr. may suggest physical therapy. If you are still experiencing extreme pain 2-3 weeks post-op contact your Dr. you may be experiencing some complications. Look at the surgical wound daily for signs and symptoms of infection i.e., localized swelling, redness, skin is hot to touch etc. Pain is subjective and each patient reacts to pain differently. Your elbow will not be completely healed for 9-12 months.
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In six weeks most of your pain should be gone. Some pain may persist for several months. If pain persists hopefully you can afford to go back to your doctor, get his professional diagnosis. Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals in your diet. Supplementing these nutrients can be helpful. Healing salves can be applied to the elbow regularly, like before you go to bed or earlier in the evening. Use Calendula, Comfrey, Yarrow, Broadleaf or Narrowleaf Plantain, Arnica, Goldenseal root, Balm of Gilead or any number of other salves that you can purchase at your local health food store, Chinese herbal medicine apothecaries, Naturopath or any number of other outlets.