Elbow fractures usually require surgery, which will lessen the risk of arthritis and instability around the elbow. Fractures may occur from elbow dislocations or from a simple fall onto the elbow. Common injuries are olecranon fractures, which nearly always require surgery, and radial head fractures, which can often be treated non-operatively.
Often, elbow surgery can be avoided with appropriate physical therapy and anti-inflammatory regimens. Talk to your primary care provider and the elbow surgeon about the factors you should consider before surgery.
If surgery is determined to be the best course of action, the elbow surgeon will thoroughly discuss the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation process. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.