Elbow Elbow Fracture Hand

6 signs of an elbow fracture

A young woman touching her painful elbow

An elbow fracture is another term for a broken elbow. It can result from a fall, a direct blow to the elbow, or an abnormal twisting of the arm. An x-ray can confirm if you have fractured your elbow, but how do you know whether to visit a hand surgeon or the emergency room? Here are 6 signs of an elbow fracture:

  1. Swelling and bruising of the elbow
  2. Extreme pain
  3. Stiffness in and around the elbow
  4. Snap or pop at the time of the injury
  5. Visible deformity
  6. Numbness or weakness in the arm, wrist and hand

Some elbow fractures are more severe than others. If the bones have not moved and have low risk of moving, a sling, cast or splint will be used to treat the injury. If the fracture is more severe, surgery may be required.

Learn more about the different types of elbow fractures, potential treatment options, and long-term side effects of this injury at www.handcare.org.

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1 Comment
    May 14, 2018 at 3:30 AM

    I fell in November and the only thing that hit the ground was my elbow I don’t have insurance so I haven’t seen the Dr about it and last week my wrist had swelled up and the tip of the radius is not where it’s supposed to be at first I thought a stress fracture from my elbow except with the radius tip not in it’s correct place tells me it’s broke I have a brace of my own on it and after my shower before I put the brace back on I looked at my wrist and it’s going inward slightly I didn’t do anything to hurt my wrist I think it happened for over working due to my elbow and I’m sure by the time I get insurance they both will probably be fully broke is there a way other then the brace to help it heal?

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