Pediatric Elbow Fracture

If your child sustains a fall and experiences difficulty moving their elbow, 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 percent 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 experiences difficulty moving their elbow, 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 cases, 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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As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free. 

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