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Healing with Humankindness for Elbow Fractures in Central California


Just like other bones in your body, elbows can fracture from a fall or other type of injury.

Dignity Health Central California doctors provide exceptional care to assess, diagnose, and treat common elbow conditions and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced an elbow fracture in Central California, Find a Doctor or visit one of these locations:

 

Caring for Elbow Fracture Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California

With an elbow injury, you can hear a snap or grinding sound. This is a common sign of one or more breaks in your elbow bones.

Along with the sound of a break, you can have elbow fracture symptoms, such as:

  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Trouble moving your arm
  • Pain that gets worse when you rotate your palm up and down

Your elbow fracture can occur in one of these main areas:

  • Distal humerus, the section of your humerus (upper arm bone) at your elbow, and includes fractures above your elbow (supracondylar), in the elbow knob (condylar), and inside your elbow (epicondylar)
  • Olecranon, the point of your elbow made by a bony area of your forearm bone (ulna)
  • Radial head and neck, the part of your radius (forearm bone) that moves against your humerus

 

Elbow Fracture Healing Time & Recovery

Most elbow fractures heal over several weeks. However, some require a longer recovery time and physical therapy. Your doctor may set your bones without surgery and apply an elbow fracture splint or cast if you have a simple fracture. To start healing from your elbow fracture, meet with a Dignity Health Central California orthopedic expert.

Dignity Health Central California orthopedic departments provide care for broken bones, including elbow fractures, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.