Elbow Fractures

Fractures to the elbow damage the olecranon, the bone that forms the point or tip of the joint, by either a direct blow or by an indirect blow, which forces the olecranon off the ulna.

Symptoms

  • Sudden, intense pain
  • Inability to straighten elbow
  • Swelling over the bone site
  • Bruising around the elbow
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Numbness in one or more fingers
  • Pain with movement of the joint

Treatment

  • Rest and ice
  • Medication to relieve pain
  • Casting
  • Surgery