Symptoms of an elbow fracture

The symptoms of an elbow fracture may include:

  • Severe Pain: Sudden and intense pain in the elbow area, especially with movement or when pressure is applied.
  • Swelling: Visible swelling and tenderness around the elbow joint.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty moving the elbow due to pain and stiffness.
  • Deformity: In some cases, a visible deformity or misalignment of the elbow may be present.
  • Bruising: Bruising or discoloration around the injured area.
  • Numbness or Tingling: If a nerve is affected, there may be numbness or tingling in the forearm, hand, or fingers.

Treatment options for an elbow fracture

The treatment for an elbow fracture depends on the type, severity, and location of the fracture. The treatment options may include:

  • Immobilization: For less severe fractures, immobilization with a splint or cast may be sufficient to allow the bones to heal.
  • Closed Reduction: Sometimes, a non-surgical procedure called closed reduction may be performed to realign the bones without surgery.
  • Surgical Intervention: Severe fractures or significant misalignments may require surgical intervention. Our skilled surgeons can use open reduction and internal fixation techniques to stabilize the bones and promote proper healing.
  • Rehabilitation: After initial treatment, rehabilitation, and physical therapy are crucial in restoring elbow strength, range of motion, and function.

What can cause an elbow fracture?

Elbow fractures can result from a variety of traumatic events, such as:

  • Falls: Landing on an outstretched arm can cause the elbow joint to absorb the impact, leading to a fracture.
  • Direct Impact: A forceful blow to the elbow, such as in contact sports or accidents, can cause a fracture.
  • Sports Injuries: Participation in sports with high impact or that involve sudden arm movements can put the elbow at risk for fractures.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Collisions or accidents can subject the elbow to significant forces, leading to fractures.
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Scott D. Sagerman, MD

Why choose HSA for an elbow fracture?

Our board-certified specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating elbow fractures. With their advanced orthopedics and microvascular surgery training, they are well-equipped to provide specialized care for your condition. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to elbow fracture treatment, providing various non-surgical and surgical options.

Our goal is to promote healing, reduce pain, and restore elbow functionality. We utilize state-of-the-art technologies and advanced surgical techniques to optimize treatment outcomes. Our commitment to staying at the forefront of advancements in elbow fracture care ensures you receive the most advanced and effective therapies. Your well-being is our priority. Our team takes the time to understand your concerns, conduct a thorough evaluation, and develop a personalized treatment plan aligned with your goals and lifestyle.

Same-day appointments with a certified specialist

If you suspect an elbow fracture or have experienced an elbow injury, seek professional care promptly. Contact HSA (Hand to Shoulder Associates) to schedule an appointment with our experienced specialists and receive the highest quality care for your elbow fracture. Our dedicated team is here to support you throughout your recovery journey, promoting healing and helping you regain optimal function in your elbow joint.

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