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Medicine For Broken Elbow
Depends: Treatment depends on where the elbow is broken and how far the pieces have moved. There are some elbow fractures that require surgery to ensure no function is lost in the future, but some only require time and gentle exercise. Speaking to an orthopedic doctor will give you the best guidance on what is best for you. ...Read more
Sorry to hear that you have been suffering from elbow pain for such a long time. Treatment of broken elbows depends on the location and severity of the initial fracture. If it was untreated, by now, it may be a little late for surgical correction. I would advise getting examined by an orthopedic surgeon if you are still having pain or restricted range of motion. Hope this helps. ...Read more
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Children and elbows: Children are most at risk to break elbow due to thin junction of shaft of humerus (long bone of the arm) and the elbow joint. These can present after a fall with pain and swelling and often deformity. Seek care at urgent care or er immediately especially if rapid swelling develops or numbness and tingling present. ...Read more
I agree, it depends:
This depends on several factors, age (kids heal much more quickly than adults), whether the fracture is widely displaced - suggests greater disruption of blood supply, your underlying medical condition (health people heal more quickly), where the fracture is (which bone, what location) and how the fracture was treated - operatively or non-operatively.
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Depends: Elbow fractures come in all shapes and sizes. Some need no treatment and you could use your elbow even before the bones heal. In other cases where the bones are displaced surgery may be needed. An x-ray and an examination by an orthopedic surgeon will help make the diagnosis to start the correct treatment. ...Read more
Therapy: The only way to get the maximal amount of recovery is to perform aggressive therapy after your doctor clears you to begin. Therapy is typically 2-3 days a week but you should be doing some therapy at home as well to maximize your recovery. ...Read more
Extension: If the elbow has not regained full extension (straightening) it may look bowed. Hold the other arm at the same angle and compare. ...Read more
Elbow: 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, capitellar, or trochlear regions. ...Read more
Ask us!: What questions do I have? What did you break? Radial head??? ...Read more
Fractures generally heal in 6-8 weeks however in the elbow it depends upon WHERE the fracture is. Avulsion fractures (known as "chip" fractures usually heal a lot faster!
Hope this is helpful!
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Weeks to months: This can be a tough injury to recover from, mainly due to the work/time required to regain strength and range of motion. The key to recovery is range of motion - in most cases, you should begin range of motion at approximately 2 weeks, and subsequently progress to more aggressive rom as the bone heals. Typically a hinged elbow brace is used to protect the fracture while allowing range of motion. ...Read more
Yes: Any injury that you sustain in your body will have scar tissue. This tissue has diminished ability to maintain normal internal balance (homeostasis). Therefore even minor fluctulations in your body chemistry can cause discomfort. Even changes in barometric pressure can lead to subtle acid-base imbalances in pathological tissue and hence pain. ...Read more
4-6 weeks: Depending on the type of fracture, 4-6 weeks is the usual healing time. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Well: First of all you are young so that is good. Some depends on where the fracture is but generally takes 6 weeks for healing ...Read more
Depends: Witout knowing more about the fracture, long term consequences cannot be predicted. Some elbow fractures will heal and after rehab will have no long-rem problems. Others, especially those with significant joint damage cause loss of motion and possible post-traumatic arthrosis. You should did the fracture with your physician. ...Read more
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