Elbow Fracture

What is an elbow fracture, and how is it treated?

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What Is an Elbow Fracture?

An elbow fracture, also known as an olecranon fracture, occurs on the bony point of the elbow and is often the result of a fall onto an outstretched arm or direct blow to the elbow.

When the elbow is fractured, the fracture itself is classified as either non-displaced (pieces of bone are near their normal anatomic position) or displaced (pieces of the bone are not near their normal anatomic position). 

Fortunately, the majority of elbow fractures are non-displaced fractures.

If you have an elbow fracture the common symptoms can include:


Elbow pain

Swelling or bruising

A bump or lump in the elbow

Difficulty moving the elbow

The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with elbow fractures return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How Is an Elbow Fracture Treated at OrthoNeuro?

Depending upon the location of the fracture and whether the fracture is non-displaced or displaced, the Board Certified Orthopedic Elbow and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro offer several treatment options.

In many cases, the arm can be placed in a sling or cast for several weeks while the elbow bones heal and return to their correct position in the elbow.

In other cases, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure.

During this outpatient procedure, the fracture is reduced by returning the bones of the elbow to their correct anatomical position and small plates or screws are used to fixate the fracture so that the bones can heal.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of an elbow fracture, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Specialists

You use your hands, wrists, and elbows all the time. Don’t let pain interfere with your quality of life or independence. Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online if you have persistent pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow that limits your movement or independence.

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

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