About Elbow Fractures
The elbow is a hinge joint consisting of three bones – the humerus, the radius and the ulna. An elbow fracture can happen in any one or more of these bone endings, and is typically the result of a fall or direct impact to the area.
Symptoms of an elbow fracture can include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, or even a visible deformity. The injury is often complicated by injuries to important stabilizing ligaments. Diagnosis of a fracture typically involves an x-ray or CT scan.
If left untreated, elbow injuries can develop crippling stiffness, or even develop calcifications of the soft tissues, which can be painful. Treatment of an elbow fracture can involve rest, splinting, casting, therapy or surgery depending on the nature of the injury. Experienced upper extremity surgeons are often helpful to decide when and which cases would benefit from the various treatment modalities.
If you have experienced this problem or suspect you may have an elbow fracture, we can perform a detailed examination, order x-rays if necessary and discuss treatment options with you. Contact us today.