Elbow Fracture

Elbow Fractures can occur as a result of various types of injuries, such as falls, sports-related accidents, or direct trauma to the elbow. The most common types of elbow fractures include:

1.     Olecranon Fractures: These fractures occur at the bony tip of the elbow, known as the olecranon process. They can be caused by a direct blow to the elbow or a fall onto an outstretched arm.

2.     Radial Head Fractures: These fractures involve the head of the radius bone in the forearm, which forms part of the elbow joint. They often result from a fall onto an outstretched arm or direct trauma to the elbow.

3.     Distal Humerus Fractures: This type of fracture occurs at the lower end of the humerus bone, just above the elbow joint. It can be caused by a direct impact or a fall onto an outstretched arm.

Elbow fractures can range from mild to severe, and the treatment approach depends on the specific type and severity of the fracture. Treatment may involve immobilization with a splint or cast, physical therapy, or in some cases, surgical intervention to realign and stabilize the bones. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect an elbow fracture, as proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial for optimal recovery and to prevent long-term complications.


 Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury. Treatment involves:

  • Putting the pieces of the bone back in position, which may require anesthesia and/or surgery
  • Keeping the pieces together while the bone heals itself

Devices that may be used to hold the bone in place while it heals include:

  • A cast or splint (may be used with or without surgery)
  • A metal plate with screws (requires surgery)
  • Screws alone (requires surgery)

The doctor may prescribe pain medication depending on the level of pain. Your doctor will order more X-rays while the bone heals to ensure that the bones have not shifted position.

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