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:
- Swelling and bruising of the elbow
- Extreme pain
- Stiffness in and around the elbow
- Snap or pop at the time of the injury
- Visible deformity
- 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.