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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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. Neigatha Graney
30 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, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and 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 an 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

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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?

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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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
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See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household members with permethrin rinse, with your doctor's approval
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Check every person with lice for nits (eggs) every day
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Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas, and launder all clothes and linens
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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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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

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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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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?

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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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
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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?

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

Dr. James Krick
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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,317 doctors shared insights

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