Fractured (broken) elbows
are a common injury in kids and teens. Most heal well when the joint is protected
with a cast. Sometimes surgery
is needed, but this is rare.
More to Know
The elbow joint is made up of three bones. A fractured elbow means that one of
the bones is broken. The elbow is commonly broken when someone holds an arm out to
stop a fall. Sometimes the broken bone is obvious on X-ray. Other times, fluid collecting
around the elbow joint is the only sign of a fracture.
A fiberglass or plaster cast will be placed around the elbow to support it and
hold the broken bone(s) steady while they're healing.
Keep in Mind
How long a cast is needed varies depending on the type of injury and how the bones
are healing. The doctor
will let you know how long the cast is to be worn. A cast can feel heavy, so sometimes
a sling is placed over it for support.
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