How does a broken elbow feel?

Broken elbow


One speaks of an elbow fracture or an elbow fracture or elbow joint fracture when one or more of the three bones that make up the elbow joint are broken. Depending on whether the fracture affects the upper arm (humerus), the spoke (radius) or the ulna (ulna), a distinction is made between a distal humerus or upper arm fracture, a radius head fracture and a proximal ulna fracture (also known as an olecranofracture). Such fractures near the elbow joint are relatively common in both children and adults. The most common elbow fracture is the fracture of the radial head. Combinations of the different fractures are also possible.

Causes of a Broken Elbow

An elbow fracture is usually caused by falling directly onto the outstretched arm or the elbow joint. Such falls can occur, among other things, in traffic and work accidents as well as in sports accidents, for example while skateboarding or inline skating. Because of the strong forces acting on the elbow joint in such falls, the fractures are often Debris fractures.

Symptoms of an Elbow Fracture

In the case of a broken elbow, the bone fragments are in most cases shifted so that they no longer stand on top of one another. The result is severe pain and Movement restrictions in the elbow joint, which can also be swollen and reddish if there is bleeding. The blood vessels and nerves near the elbow joint can also be injured in an elbow joint fracture. This can be due to, among other things Sensory disturbances and a Muscle weakness express.

This is how a broken elbow is treated

The treatment of an elbow fracture depends on the extent to which the individual bone fragments are shifted against each other. A conservative, i.e. non-surgical procedure with immobilization of the affected elbow joint in an upper arm cast for three to four weeks is only possible in rare cases in which the fragments are not or only minimally displaced.

Most elbow fractures are serious injuries with significant displacement of the broken bones. The risk of permanent damage is very high. thats why usually surgical treatment is necessary. The articular surfaces of the elbow joint are anatomically restored in that the individual bone fragments are returned to their original position and fixed there. In the case of severe elbow fractures or in elderly patients where the broken bone is difficult to repair, implantation of an artificial elbow joint is an option.