1. When you go to the doctors with what you suspect is a broken elbow (closed fracture), do not let him move it before he X-rays it.
2. Ask him to explain the fracture (in laic terms).
3. If he decides to put it into a cast without adjusting the bone to heal properly, ask about other ways (operation, to be exact) of adjusting it.
4. Ask what difficulties you could experience in the future because of your once broken elbow (such as ulnar nerve entrappment).
The reason I wrote this is because It was the doctor who *****d up my elbow, and now I can thank him for all the problems I'm having with it. I broke my left elbow when I was in high-school. The idiot of a doctor moved my arm to check if it was broken, before X-raying it -yeah, I know that this is a normal procedure with fractures- and this resulted in another crack like sound, and my screaming, and him saying "oh, yes, it's broken!". Then, the x-ray showed a double fracture with a part of bone chipped. Then he decided to put it into a cast without adjustifying the bone with words that they could operate the elbow, but with a greater possibillity of ******g it up further because this was a very complex fracture (gee, I wonder why). He didn't mention that there is a specialized orthopedic hospital in my country which deals with complex fractures. So instead of getting my elbow adjusted, it healed inproperly. I can't straighten my left arm, I can't lean on it, I'm just happy that I can move it and feel it. And know here I am, 8 years later, I'm experiencing severe ulnar nerve entrappment, which is progressive, and I have to undergo a surgery, with a possibillity that I'll never be able to straighten my little finger on my left hand again.