An uncommon fracture, but requires emergency care.

INJURY
Elbow Distal Humerus Fractures

ALSO KNOWN AS
Elbow Fracture

ABOUT
As a fairly uncommon type of fracture, and includes when the end of the upper arm bone, that forms the upper part of the elbow is broken.

COMMON INJURY
There are two main reasons a distal humerus facture may occur – through a direct blow, such as a fall or being struck by a hard object; or through an indirect fracture such as during a fall when the elbow is locked straight.

DIAGNOSIS
This injury is treated as an emergency injury, as it is very painful and you will most likely not be able to move the elbow. The SMGOA physician will perform a physical exam of the area, as well as order x-rays.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
In any situation, a splint or cast will be applied to the elbow area to create stabilization. In less serious cases, the cast or split, along with physical therapy may be the long-term solution for healing.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Surgery however is generally needed to put the bone pieces back together. Metal implants are sued to hold the bone parts in place until they heal and fuse together.

Elbow Distal Humerus Fractures
A distal humerus fracture is one type of elbow fracture.
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