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Elbow fracture can happen in both adults and children. Early recognition and treatment of a fractured elbow injury can reduce the risk of complications and later disability.
Elbow fractures may result from a fall, a direct impact to the elbow, or a twisting injury to the arm. Sprains, strains or dislocations may occur at the same time as a fracture. X-rays are used to confirm if a fracture is present and if the bones are out of place. Sometimes a CT (Computed Tomography) scan might be needed to get further detail.
Elbow Fracture Causes
The different types of elbow fractures include:
Radial head and neck fractures
Pain is usually worse with forearm rotation (turning the palm up and down). The treatment for this fracture depends on the number and size of the bone fragments. Complex fractures often require surgery to repair and stabilize the fragments or to remove or replace the radial head if there are too many bony pieces.
In most olecranon fractures, however, the pieces of bone move out of place when the injury occurs. For these fractures, surgery is required to restore both the normal anatomy of the elbow and motion in the joint.
Fractures of the distal humerus
Fracture of the distal humerus is common in children and elderly. These fracture will affect nerve and/or artery injuries. These fractures usually require surgical repair with plates and/or screw, unless they are stable.
Elbow Fracture Symptoms
Pain, swelling, bruising and stiffness in and around the elbow may be signs of a possible fracture. A snap or pop at the time of injury may be felt or heard. Visible deformity might mean that the bones are out of place or that the elbow joint is dislocated. There may be numbness or weakness in the arm, wrist and hand.
Elbow Fracture Treatment
Treatment of a broken elbow depends on the type of injury that the patient has suffered.
Children and adults usually have different types of elbow injuries.
Elbow Fracture Non-Surgical Treatment
Non-surgical treatment for elbow fracture include sling, cast or splint.
Age is also an important factor when treating elbow fractures. Casts are used more frequently in children, as their risk of developing elbow stiffness is small; however, in an adult, elbow stiffness is much more likely.
Rehabilitation is recommended to maximize motion and decrease the chance of getting stiff elbow. This might include exercises, scar massage, ultrasound, heat, ice and splints that stretch the joint.
Elbow Fracture Surgery
Fractures that are out of place or unstable are more likely to require surgery. A surgical procedure would replace and stabilize the fragments or remove bone fragments.
Elbow fracture surgery is emergency treatment if there is open fracture.
At Elbow Fracture Specialist Clinic, we provide ONE stop services for all elbow case including investigations and treatments. Our elbow fracture specialist has more than 25 years experience. Call us at 64762106 or SMS 84998384 for an appointment.