This type of elbow injury can occur with a fall onto an outstretched hand. The energy from the fall sometimes results in an elbow fracture (break) such as a radial head fracture. Elbow fractures can be easily missed and need careful evaluation and follow up. With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, most fractures mend well. If you are concerned about a possible elbow injury, we are interested in helping you better understand the injury and recover.
- Radial head fracture (break)
o This type of elbow fracture commonly occurs when someone falls onto an outstretched hand. These are common injuries in children and adults. Most individuals with this type of bone injury will notice swelling and pain enough to be seen by a physician
o It is important to see a physician such as a sports medicine specialist who has experience treating this type of injury in order to have a thorough examination of the elbow and arm. Additionally, x-rays can sometimes miss this fracture initially.
o While most individuals with this injury have excellent outcomes, sometimes stiffness and loss of motion occur. A sports injury specialist can help guide treatment and help return you back to sports and work activity once strength and motion have improved.