The elbow is a pretty tough part of the body⎯until it’s hit with strong force or a direct blow. Then it can break one or more of the three bones that comprise it: humerus, radius and ulna. Learn the symptoms and treatment options for this condition.

Causes & Triggers

  • Falls (especially with outstretched arm)
  • Direct hit or blow
  • High-impact collision
  • Sports injuries

Signs & Symptoms

  • Apparent deformity or bone protrusion
  • Bruising
  • Limited ability or inability to move elbow
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Sensation of instability
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatments

  • Seek medical treatment after an elbow injury, especially if there’s a lot of pain, or if moving the elbow becomes difficult or impossible.
  • Non-surgical treatment may involve immobilizing the joint with a splint or sling and physical therapy.
  • If the bone is out of place, surgical intervention with or without metal plates and screws may be necessary.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.