Radial Head Fracture

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Radial Head Fracture

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

A fracture to bone on the outside of the elbow where it connects to your forearm. 

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

This is the most common type of fracture in the elbow.  It usually happens as a result of a fall on to an outstretched hand.  Most are small fractures (hard to see on X-Ray) that are uncomplicated and heal well.  The more complicated fractures will always require a surgical opinion and those that include dislocation can prove very unstable.  At this a surgical intervention is certainly required.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Usually following a trauma (fall or direct impact)
  • Pain on the outside of the elbow
  • Trauma could irritate some of the nerve and so pins and needles could be present
  • Loss of range of movement

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical examnation
  • X-Ray investigation will show the severity of the injury and help formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Small fractures may just require early splinting to limit movement (coupled with physiotherapy to encourage further movement gains under supervision.
  • For more complex fractures, surgical intervention would be needed to ensure fixation of the broken parts to aid healing.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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