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:
- 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.