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Doctor insights on: Fractured Elbow Healing Time

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How can you heal a fractured elbow?

How can you heal a fractured elbow?

Immobization: Fractures heal best when they are stabilized. Some fractures can be stabilized with a cast ot splint, while some require surgical stabilization with plates and screws or pins. It all depends on the location and severity of the fracture. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
792 Doctors shared insights

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


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What are the symptoms of a broken or fractured elbow?

What are the symptoms of a broken or fractured elbow?

Pain: Pain on bending or locking
clicking
point tenderness
swelling
echymosis

see a doctor who can take an xray if they feel it is necessary. ...Read more

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Is it safe to swim with a fractured elbow?

Is it safe to swim with a fractured elbow?

Not usually: Most elbow fractures need immobilization or protected mobilization. Once the fractur is healed swimming is a great exercise to regain motion and strength. ...Read more

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What would doctors do for a fractured elbow?

It depends: Elbow fractures can be treated in a variety of ways. Non-displaced fractures of the elbow joint can usually be treated with immobilization in a cast, splint or sling. Displaced fracture, especially if they involve the joint surface, require open reduction and internal fixation. Pediatric elbow fractures often require percutaneous pinning. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat my fractured elbow?

Can you tell me how to treat my fractured elbow?

Depends: Elbow injuries are very complicated the specific treatment would depend on what is broken and where it is broken in addition to any potential ligamentous injuries which may be present ...Read more

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Will a physio be able to help with a fractured elbow?

Will a physio be able to help with a fractured elbow?

Yes: It takes time for a fractured elbow to heal. Be patient. Physio is designed to stop your muscles from wasting through lack of use. Stick with the exercises and keep them up and you will be as good as new. ...Read more

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What happens to bone fragments from a fractured elbow?

What happens to bone fragments from a fractured elbow?

Absorbed: Small bone fragments are usually absorbed or "walled off" into the surrounding soft tissues- it truly depends on the nature and size of the fracture and fragments. ...Read more

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Could I move a fractured elbow?

Could I move a fractured elbow?

Moving fractured elb: You can in some instances. If it is a non-displaced fracture (looks stable), protected motion is ok. If it looks like it is crushed, or the joint is compromised, you may need surgery. I would advise an x-ray asap. ...Read more

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How should I stop work with my fractured elbow?

How should I stop work with my fractured elbow?

Fracture elbow: Not sure what you mean and depends on the type of fracture. You should not do any heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, or climbing with the fractures arm. ...Read more

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How long need I take off work for a fractured elbow?

How long need I take off work for a fractured elbow?

Depends: A lot depends on the nature of your fracture, but even more so on the nature of your work. A sedntry office worker with a mild fracture might be able to return the next day after an elbow fracture, whereas a manual laborere with a sever elblow injury might be out 6-12 weeks or even never be able to return. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a fractured elbow and you move it too much?

You can not move: Rracture elbow is treated with immobolising the elbow with cast or a splint and should not be moved as it can cause complications. ...Read more

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How long could it take to heal a minorly fractured elbow (for a teen)?

Six weeks: It depends on the type of fracture - an elbow fracture may involve the radius, the ulna, the humerus, or a combination of the three. It also depends on the severity of the injury and other health conditions (diabetics and smokers tend to heal more slowly). In general, though, a teenager with an elbow fracture should heal the fracture in about six weeks. ...Read more

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What will be done in the ER for a possible fractured elbow?

Xrays and a splint: Elbow fractures are diagnosed based on xrays of the elbow. Most fractures can be splinted and referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for treatment. Severe fractures may need to be seen and treated by an orthopaedic surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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What should I expect for a fractured elbow cast being removed after three weeks?

Elbow fracture: You will likely be very stiff after cast is removed. Elbow range-of-motion exercises with a trained physical therapist is probably appropriate. Make sure you are compliant with your treating doctor's recommendations as he/she will customize your treatment based on the fracture pattern and healing. ...Read more

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I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

Sure: A splint is usually a temporary form of immobilization and is a good thing to use during the acute phase of an injury. After swelling has peaked, a cast can be placed to further immobilize the fracture. Just remember that a cast can not be removed like a splint can and has to be kept clean and dry. ...Read more

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Where can I get a cast for a fractured elbow?

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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How long will it take for a fractured elbow heel?

How long will it take for a fractured elbow heel?

6-8 weeks: Is the general time for any bone to heal. Make sure you are not vitamin d deficient and follow your doctors orders with regard to care, i.E cast, sling etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Balaram
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Broken Elbow (Definition)

A fracture of the joint between the upper arm & forearm that may include supra condylar, radial head, radial neck, olecranon, medial or lateral epicondyle, coranoid, ...Read more