Emma (flying_colours) wrote in little_details,

Broken jaw painkillers

My character suffered a broken jaw and has had to have his jaws wired shut (no surgery required). The problem is, I don't know what kind of pain treatment he'd get after he leaves the hospital. I'm not sure how far someone with their jaws wired shut can open their teeth. Am I right in thinking that he wouldn't be able to swallow pills? If he can, then that's brilliant. If not, what would be done about the pain?

Setting is modern-day America (San Francisco to be exact). I've tried Googling things such as 'broken jaw', 'broken jaw painkillers', 'broken jaw treatment' but haven't found anything specific in regards to painkillers.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: broken bones
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