The elbow is a complex joint. Fractures to this joint usually result from a fall, sports injury, or accident. There are many types of fractures and, of course, various degrees of severity. The three most common elbow fractures are:
There is no difference between the two terms and they can be used interchangeably.
The most common signs of fracture after an injury are pain and swelling. Bruising can occur quickly or can take several days to be visible. Joint motion is often preserved with many fractures of the elbow and the ability to move the joint after an injury is not always a positive sign. It is important to get x-rays quickly if you suspect a fracture; waiting could lead to surgery or a poor outcome.
Accurate diagnosis of fractures requires appropriate x-rays. Even when some x-rays have already been obtained in the urgent care or emergency room setting, additional x-rays may be necessary. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and take the appropriate x-rays to determine the type and severity of the fracture. Simple elbow fractures are usually treated with splinting or bracing and early physical therapy. A displaced fracture where the ends of the bone are separated often disrupts the elbow joint and usually requires surgery. Our doctor will clearly explain your condition and recommend the best treatment option for your fracture.
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