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How do you treat a broken elbow?

How do you treat a 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

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


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What are the tests for broken elbow?

What are the tests for broken elbow?

Deformity -x-ray: The you do exam the patient clinically and if you suspect fracture do x-ray. ...Read more

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Broken elbow still pain four months?

Broken elbow still pain four months?

Get examined: Hi,
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

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How do I know if I have a broken elbow?

How do I know if I have a broken elbow?

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

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What are the symptoms of a broken elbow?

What are the symptoms of a broken elbow?

Pain: Pain, particularly with motion; some degree of swelling; and possibly a deformity. Don't hesitate to be seen if you think you broke your elbow. ...Read more

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How long will a broken elbow take to heal?

How long will a broken elbow take to heal?

A few weeks: Time to heal will depend on a few factors - such as presence of dislocation or not, presence of joint involvement or not. An uncomplicated elbow fracture will take 5-6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Who is most likely to develop broken elbow?

Who is most likely to develop broken elbow?

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

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How long will it take a broken elbow to heal?

How long will it take a broken elbow to heal?

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.

Good luck! ...Read more

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How long it takes for a broken elbow to heal?

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

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Is it normal for my broken elbow to swell up?

Is it normal for my broken elbow to swell up?

Elbow fracture: Yes, it will. It depends upon the personality of the fracture and the amount of soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a guy has broken elbow?

What does it mean when a guy has broken elbow?

Broken bone: His elbow bones are broken. Please see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a broken elbow to heal?

Depends: Which bone? Your activity level? Cast or splint? Most fractures need 6-8 weeks to heal, some much more. Please follow your ortho's advice. ...Read more

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How to get my flexibility back after a broken elbow?

How to get my flexibility back after a broken elbow?

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

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Is it common for a healed broken elbow to look bowed?

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

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Is there more than one good way to treat broken elbow?

Depends on fracture: For most elbow fractures, cast immobilization works well.
Unfortunately, to obtain the best result, some fractures with
displacement especially in the growth plate may require
open reduction and fixation for the best longtime results. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a broken elbow to heal?

Elbow fracture hea: It depends on which bone, or part of you elbow. Most healthy adults take at least 8 -12 weeks to fully heal a fracture, if you factor in age, smoking, nutrition, other medical conditions, it could take a lot longer or mot heal at all. X-rays will tell usually. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: broken elbow?

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

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What does a broken elbow feel like? How do you treat it?

What does a broken elbow feel like? How do you treat it?

Elbow fractures: A fracture of the elbow feels simply terrible. Fractures of the elbow may include a distal humerus fracture, a radial head fracture or olecranon fracture. In your age group these are all typically treated with surgery. ...Read more

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My sister has broken elbow. Should I be worried about it?

Broken elbow: The treatment depends on where the fracture is and how displaced the fragments are. It can treated in a cast or it might need surgery. This can be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a broken elbow to heal less than 6 weeks?

Is it possible for a broken elbow to heal less than 6 weeks?

Depends: 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!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a broken elbow?

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

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Is it possible for a broken elbow to still hurt years after it is healed?

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

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How long must you wear a sling for a broken elbow before it's safe to remove?

4-6 weeks: Depending on the type of fracture, 4-6 weeks is the usual healing time. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken elbow to heal? And is it possible it could heal fast?

How long does it take for a broken elbow to heal? And is it possible it could heal fast?

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

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Can you go to school with a broken elbow?

Can you go to school with a broken elbow?

Yes. Immobilization: As long as the the fracture is immobilized in a cast or splint, it should be ok to do most things. Function of the broken arm will be limited, but not totally. ...Read more

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What will the doctors do for a broken elbow?

What will the doctors do for a broken elbow?

Broken: Depends on the severity of the break. In the worst case a metal strip and some pins/screws to hold the pieces together. ...Read more

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What does getting broken elbow mean in the long run?

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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What happens to a broken elbow after having surgery?

What happens to a broken elbow after having surgery?

See below: Depending on the surgery and your degree of health, as well as rehab, it should heal within 12 weeks. ...Read more