An elbow fracture is a break in one or more of the bones that make up the elbow joint.
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This injury is caused by trauma from:
Things that may raise your risk are:
Symptoms may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will also be asked how the injury happened. An exam will be done that will focus on your elbow.
Images may be taken of your elbow. This can be done with:
It will take eight to ten weeks to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. This may include:
Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with a fracture may need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
Most fractures are due to accidents. Healthy muscles may prevent injury. This may be done through exercise.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM Last Updated: 9/24/2019