Pediatric Elbow Fracture

If your child sustains a fall and is complaining of pain with difficulty moving the elbow, experience swelling to the area, or the arm appears crooked, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Pediatric Elbow Fracture

Pediatric elbow fractures make up about 10% of all pediatric fractures and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are three bones that make up the elbow joint allowing you to bend and straighten your arm and turn your palm up and down. If your child sustains a fall and is complaining of pain with difficulty moving the elbow, experience swelling to the area, or the arm appears crooked, you should seek immediate medical attention. Some fractures around the elbow can be treated with a cast only while others require surgery. It is not uncommon for kids to have occult (or hidden) fractures around the elbow that show up only as swelling on an x-ray. In this case, the physician may recommend placing the child in a cast for several weeks until evidence of healing can be seen on another x-ray. In some case if the fracture is displaced, then surgical intervention may be indicated. See our “Elbow Surgery” section for more information.

Pediatric Elbow Fracture

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Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.

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