What you should do

While you wait to see a doctor, stabilise the arm by using a towel as a sling (this goes under the forearm and then around the neck). Try to move the arm as little as possible.

Take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen , to reduce the painaspirin shouldn't be given to children aged under 16.

Hold an ice pack to the injured area try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel. This can help reduce pain and swelling. Don't apply ice directly to the skin as it can burn.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018