A to Z: Fracture, Elbowenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgFractured (broken) elbows are a common injury in kids and teens.fracture, break, broken, elbow, arm, joint, bone, bones, cast, splint, sling, broken elbow, fractured elbow, elbow fracture, falls, CD1Emergency Department, CD1Orthopedics, CD1Sports Medicine03/27/201303/21/201909/02/2019e80ebd09-22ed-478d-9f51-58d22de59722https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-fracture-elbow.html/<p><em>May also be called: Broken Elbow</em></p> <p>Fractured (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/b-bone.html/">broken</a>) elbows are a common injury in kids and teens. Most heal well when the joint is protected with a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/casts.html/">cast</a>. Sometimes surgery is needed, but this is rare.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>How long a cast is needed varies depending on the type of injury and how the bones are <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/broken-arm.html/">healing</a>. 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.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Bones, Muscles, and JointsWithout bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn't stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/53199934-b6d8-4854-8362-8b1dfc45c3f6
Broken BonesWhat happens when you break a bone?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/broken-bones.html/fe9a644f-2c79-45eb-a47c-144055624af7
CastsThis article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/casts.html/67cfd3da-36ea-4b8a-bc2d-c887e5da6fcc
First Aid: Broken BonesA broken bone needs emergency medical care. Here's what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/broken-bones-sheet.html/421bf2cd-ba6b-4220-a1bb-a52eddb36fc5
X-Ray Exam: ElbowAn elbow X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or a deformity. It can also help to detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/xray-exam-elbow.html/c01191cc-cf4e-4fa7-a51f-d788f8bff1ee
Your BonesWhere would you be without your bones? Learn more about the skeletal system in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bones.html/ba77b482-c6eb-47da-90a4-3cb148f38f4d
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