Elbow injuries are more common than most of us realize. A broken elbow (elbow fracture) can occur and is common in both adults and children. It’s important once you’ve experienced an elbow injury to treat it immediately, this will reduce the risk of complications and later in life, disability. Any injury of the elbow should receive medical attention.
If you experience an elbow fracture this is a serious injury and can damage the bones and other structures of your elbow. This could result in problems with movement, blood vessel function, and nerve function. It is very important for an elbow fracture to be tread immediately, especially in children.
If a child experiences a broken elbow, it can affect the growth and development of his or her bones. This is because children have bone ‘growth centers,” a part of the bone where bone growth occurs. As bone growth continues throughout childhood, if one of these “growth centers” is involved in a fracture, it can affect bone development.
Elbow Fracture Signs & Symptoms
Our team of orthopedic surgeons are experts in the treatment of elbow fractures. Whether you have just begun to experience symptoms or have been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can count on us for an effective elbow fracture treatment. You can visit any of our offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale.
Elbow Fracture Causes
There are numerous ways you can injure your elbow. It ranges from overuse to an acute traumatic event, such as a fall. Below you will find common events which result in an elbow fracture, which include:
- High-energy trauma can occur in an automobile or motorcycle collision.
- A direct blow on the elbow can cause a break when you fall off a skateboard or bicycle and land directly on an elbow.
- When you fall backward, off a snowboard, for example, you may attempt to brace the fall with your arm outstretched and your hand open.
- Sideswipe injury occurs when an elbow is struck while you are resting your elbow out an open car window.
- Any other direct injury to the elbow, wrist, hand, or shoulder can affect the elbow.
Elbow Fracture Diagnosis
To properly diagnose an elbow fracture, your physician will take a comprehensive medical history which includes prior injuries, information of daily activities, and a history of symptoms. X-rays can be helpful in determining your injury and your doctor might order one depending on your condition. Although, other tests such as an MRI or ultrasound can show a fracture more clearly.