Elbow Fracture

Also known as: broken elbow.

What is an elbow fracture?

The elbow joint is where the humerus, ulna, and radius bones come together. When a break occurs at the joint, this is known as an elbow fracture.

What causes elbow fracture? 

Elbow fractures are almost always due to some type of injury or direct blow to the elbow. This can occur due to a fall, a car accident an impact during sports participation or other causes.

 

What are the symptoms of elbow fracture? 

Symptoms of elbow fracture can include pain, stiffness, swelling, bruising, loss of motion or weakness or numbness in the arm or hand.

What are elbow fracture care options? 

Mild fractures can be treated with a sling, cast or splint to hold the elbow stable while the fracture heals. More severe fractures may require surgery to repair the fracture.


Reviewed by: Craig J Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: September 16, 2021 03:20 PM

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