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What is the definition or description of: radial head fracture?

What is the definition or description of: radial head fracture?

Radial head: Radial head is the proximal aspect of the radius a bone in your forearm that ends in articulation with the elbow at the capitellum on the lateral side of the distal humerus the radius spins at the radiocapitellar joint as you rotate your forearm. Minor fractures there can result from a simple fall to the hand or severe complex fractures associated with dislocation or ligament injury. ...Read more

Radial Head Fracture (Definition)

Radial head is the proximal aspect of the radius a bone in your forearm that ends in articulation with the elbow at the capitellum on the lateral side of the distal humerus the radius spins at the radiocapitellar joint as you rotate your forearm. Minor fractures there can result from a simple fall to the hand or severe complex fractures associated with ...Read more


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How long does it take for a radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

How long does it take for a radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

Bone healed: Certainly by now the bone should be completely healed. You should see your surgeon to make sure and ask if Physical Therapy might be needed to rehab the arm. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for radial head fracture?

What is the best treatment for radial head fracture?

Likely casting: If you have a radial head fracture you will likely need some reduction and casting it depends on severity of injury. ...Read more

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Symptoms of radial head fracture?

Pain: Most commonly falls on the wrist, forearm or elbow can result in a radial head fracture.Symptoms are ususally pain in the elbow and mild swelling (if isolated).Painful supination (palming up)is usually present. Occassionallly these can not be seen well on initial radiographs. See your ors if pain in your elbow persists after a fall. Very common! ...Read more

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What can I do about a cominuted radial head fracture?

What can I do about a cominuted radial head fracture?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with radial head fracture?

Elbow fractures: Well, it depends on if they (the doc) see a lot people who slip and fall or suffer some other form of trauma that may affect the elbow. Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine and occupational medicine docs surely get their fill of them! =). ...Read more

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What are some treatments for a non-displaced radial head fracture?

What are some treatments for a non-displaced radial head fracture?

Immobilization: Can use a splint, cast or even a sling if non=displaced. Needs follow up X-rays ...Read more

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Tips on straighten my arm please. Have radial head fracture since July 6, 2015. Please help?

Tips on straighten my arm please. Have radial head fracture since July 6, 2015. Please help?

Increase movement: My wife had the same thing and was told to carry her heavy purse in the affected hand down by her side as much as possible. Since it has been 3 months, already, you may or may not be able to straighten it any more than you can right now without additional operation. ...Read more

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I had a radial head fracture and I still have pain after 4 months. My elbow feels stuck. What should I do?

I had a radial head fracture and I still have pain after 4 months. My elbow feels stuck. What should I do?

It: It is recommeded that you see an orthopaedic specialist trained in elbow, upper extremity surgery. Stiffness after a radial head fracture is common. Other issues like scar tissue, incomplete healing of the broken bone and improper bone healing can also occur. ...Read more

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Nondisplaced radial head fracture treatment, what to do?

Nondisplaced radial head fracture treatment, what to do?

Rest: Can use splint or sling for 2-3 weeks, then range of motion. As long as it remains non displaced ...Read more

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How long should I experience pain for with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the elbow?

6-8 weeks: Generally it take about 6-8 weeks for this fracture to heal. Being over 50, if you have any osteopenia it may take a little longer. It is really important that you continue to work on being able to straighten your elbow! Do not let it get stiff in the bent position. You should work on the range of motion at lease a couple of times a day. Just let pain be your guide as to when and where to stop ...Read more

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What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

Surgery: Radial head contributes to elbow stability and particulary in context of dislocation with fracture will require surgery to either fix or replace radial head to restore stability. There may also be coexisting ligamentous damage that may require surgical intervention. ...Read more

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I am still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my elbow 3 months following a radial head fracture. Is this normal and if not what coulha it be?

I am still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my elbow 3 months following a radial head fracture. Is this normal and if not what coulha it be?

Not typical: It is not typical to experience moderate to severe pain three months after a fracture. It is possible tou may have some inflammation present. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can I refracture my elbow due to over overextension or overuse? I am about 2-3 months out following a radial head fracture. What would be symptoms?

Radial head: It is very possible. If your radial head didn't heal, healed incorrectly, or healed correctly and you hit it with enough force, you may have refractured. You should get an xray asap to confirm. ...Read more

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Are risks and outcomes worth surgery to r/o plri, bone fragment, unknown for decreasing clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture 8 months ag?

Possibly: Unclear to me what the issue is, however if persistent clicking is present following a radial head fracture it could be related to plri or an intra-articular loose body. Examination and imaging should be able to determine this. Surgery to "rule-out" plri is not recommended. If plri is present, reconstruction of the ligament should be considered. ...Read more

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Are risks & outcomes worth surgery for? Plri, bone fragment, unknown for clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture - 8 months ago plus rehab?

Yes: You should have had an MRI by now to look at the details or a ct scan.

I think that you need to have it scoped and the ortho surgeon can definitely see what is going on and see what needs to be done next while in the or.

A good surgeon will give you a few of the likely possibilities in the office beforehand. ...Read more

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Are risks & outcomes worth surgery for? Plri, bone fragment, unknown for clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture - 8 months ago plus rehab?

Are risks & outcomes worth surgery for? Plri, bone fragment, unknown for clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture - 8 months ago plus rehab?

Depend overall healt: It depends on your overall health. It should be a short procedure between 30-45 min and if conservative measures have not helped in over 6 months and it is interfering with quality of life and causing moderate discomfort, it makes sense to proceed with surgery. If you do not have co-morbid issues that can cause problems with surgery (liver issues, poorly controlled htn, diabetes), emphysema ok. ...Read more

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I have a radial head fracture and the hospital give me a splint 2 days ago and my elbow is in so much pain and stiff what shall I do?

I have a radial head fracture and the hospital give me a splint 2 days ago and my elbow is in so much pain and stiff what shall I do?

Get re-evaluated: They say two heads are better than one. Have a fresh set of eyes examine you. It could be that the swelling is causing problems (Volkmann's contracture?). ...Read more

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Have a radial head fracture by elbow. How come I have to have "aggressive range of motion" instead of a cast?

Avoid stiffness: Elbow is a complex joint that tends to get very stiff with prolonged immobilization so if the fracture of radial head is not displaced and stable then you only need to rest the elbow till acute pain subsides and then start range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness of the elbow good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small radial head fracture and sprained wrist. Saw the Dr and he didn't put a cast on or anything. Should I get a second opinion?

I have a small radial head fracture and sprained wrist. Saw the Dr and he didn't put a cast on or anything. Should I get a second opinion?

Stiff: Small radial head fractures can be treated with a sling and early mobilization. You are at a high risk of stiffness developing. That stated a second opinion may set your mind to ease ...Read more

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Can a radial head fracture occur with a fall on a bent elbow with minimal pain and some bruising should I go to the doctors if it is, casting right?

Can a radial head fracture occur with a fall on a bent elbow with minimal pain and some bruising should I go to the doctors if it is, casting right?

Yes it can: It can happen that way, but is usually caused by a fall onto the outstretched hand.
If you have point tenderness over the outer elbow, or pain in that area when you rotate your forearm, it is likely to be a radial head fracture. The treatment will depend on the x-ray findings, your age and other factors. ...Read more

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Had a radial head fracture 09.13, no cast, or physio...Still in pain, new xray shows fracture still there-what's next? Elbow clicks, pain & gets stuck

Surgery: If not healed at nearly 3 months you need to alter the pla. Bone stimulation would one approach to delayed or nonunion. If displaced more than 2-3mm, angulated more than 30 degrees, thenn surgery should considered n, . ...Read more

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Radial head fracture type 1, most pain in wrist/forearm, acute, severe, acetaminophen no help. Need arm for work. Ideas?

Radial head fracture type 1, most pain in wrist/forearm, acute, severe, acetaminophen no help. Need arm for work. Ideas?

See TX doc: Acetominophen is not that strong for a fracture. You need to follow-up with the treating doc and for continuity of care, let them know your issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more