A fracture or dislocation of the elbow can be very painful and keep you from your favorite activities. At TriHealth Orthopedics & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our team offers treatment tailored to your injury. Whether you have a simple injury that calls for bracing or a more complex break or dislocation, we’re here for you. Our surgeons, hand therapists and physical therapists work closely together to help you return to the activities you enjoy.
Elbow fractures and dislocations are two different types of injuries to the elbow. A fracture to the elbow is when one of the bones at the elbow joints breaks. An elbow fracture needs to be diagnosed and treated quickly by a medical professional to ensure there isn’t any damage to joint surface of the elbow and to realign the bones so that they can function normally.
An elbow dislocation happens when the bones that make up your elbow joint move out place when compared to the upper arm. This causes the elbow joint to move out of place. This injury requires immediate medical assistance.
While fractures and dislocations are two different injuries, they share similar causes:
It’s important to learn the symptoms of a fractured elbow so that you get care right away. Symptoms include:
Symptoms of a dislocated elbow include:
Your treatment will depend on the type and severity of your elbow injury. The most common treatment for elbow fractures include:
Treatment for elbow dislocations may include:
Hand or physical therapy is a key part of recovering from both an elbow fracture or dislocation. Our therapists offer specialized care and support for individuals with elbow injuries, helping you get back to living everyday life – comfortably and pain free.
You may be at higher risk of an elbow fracture or dislocation if you:
It’s impossible to completely prevent an elbow fracture or dislocation. You can, however, take a few steps to lower your risk:
A broken or dislocated elbow calls for emergency medical attention. If you think you’ve seriously injured your elbow, visit one of our urgent care centers. And if you want a second opinion on your injury, our experienced team is here to help. To learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.