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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
28 doctors shared insights

Radial Head Fracture (Overview)

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.


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
28 doctors shared insights

Radial Head Fracture (Overview)

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.


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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Fell 35 feet. Fractured hip radial head fracture with internal fixation. Diagnosed ulnar nerve entrapment. Three months later sudden diplopia.

Not related unless..: ..There was an embolism, more associated with a fracture of the hip, not the radial head. If radial head was fractured also, ulnar entrapment can happen from a stretch injury on the inner side of the elbow @ the time of injury. ...Read more

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How to treat radial head fractures & how long until you can return to hard sports?

How to treat radial head fractures & how long until you can return to hard sports?

Depends: Non-displaced fractures of the radial head are managed without surgery. If fracture is displaced, surgery to repair or replace the fractured radial head. Fractures that need to heal require approximately 6 weeks to consolidate, with gradual rerun to activities to follow. Heavy work of sports typically done safely at 3 months. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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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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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

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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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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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?

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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
9 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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
1,469 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more