What Is An Elbow Fracture?
These injuries typically occur due to a traumatic incident. Dr. Backe will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your arm injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history.
He may also utilized diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition.
What Are The Symptoms of Elbow Fractures?
An elbow fracture can involve up to three bones located in the elbow area. This type of fracture can produce swelling, tenderness and pain in the upper, mid and lower arm regions. There is also a marketed inability to move the arm. Attempts to use the lower portion of the arm may be restricted due to instability of the upper arm. Injuries to the nerve may also occur causing a numbing sensation down to the hand area.
What Are The Treatment Option For Elbow Fractures?
Conservative treatment (a sling or cast) is rarely used to stabilize a fracture of the elbow. Elbow fractures that are displaced or unstable need surgery to realign and stabilize the fragments, or sometimes to remove bone fragments. If the fracture is open (skin broken over the fracture), urgent surgery is needed to clean the bone and the surrounding soft tissue to minimize the risk of a deep infection.