Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Elbow fractures may result from a fall, a direct impact to the elbow, or a twisting injury to the arm.
1. Olecranon Fractures:
These fractures are usually displaced.
Conservative management usually fails in this case.
Surgery is the usual stay of management
2. Supracondylar Fractures:
Supracondylar fractures are the most common type of upper arm injury seen in children. These fractures are relatively rare in adults.
It is caused by a fall on an outstretched elbow or a direct blow to the elbow.
Sudden intense pain in the elbow and forearm.
Swelling & Numbness.
For mild fractures, a cast or splint can be used to immobilize the joint.
Closed reduction with percutaneous pinning – Your surgeon will insert pins through the skin to rejoin the fractured parts of the bone. A splint is applied for the first week and then replaced by a cast.
Open reduction with internal fixation- If the displacement is more severe or there is damage to the nerves or blood vessels, Open surgery will be required.