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Elbow Dislocations and Fractures

Elbow dislocations and fractures are significant injuries that occur when the bones of the elbow are forced out of their normal position, typically due to trauma. These injuries are common in sports, accidents, or falls, and they require immediate medical attention to prevent long-term complications.

Elbow Dislocations

An elbow dislocation happens when the bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) move out of place compared to the humerus (the upper arm bone). This can damage the ligaments, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels around the elbow. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and obvious deformity – the elbow may look out of shape or in an abnormal position.

Elbow Fractures

Elbow fractures involve a break in one or more of the bones forming the elbow joint. These can range from small, nondisplaced fractures, where the bone is cracked but still in its normal position, to more severe fractures where the bone fragments are displaced. Symptoms are similar to dislocations and include pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to move the elbow normally.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis usually involves a physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans. Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Dislocations may require a procedure called reduction, where a doctor manually moves the bones back into place. Severe dislocations and fractures often require surgery to realign the bones and repair any damaged ligaments or nerves. This is typically followed by a period of immobilization and physical therapy to restore range of motion and strength.


Recovery time varies depending on the injury’s severity and the treatment’s success. It can take several weeks to several months for a full recovery.

Prompt and appropriate treatment of elbow dislocations and fractures is crucial to ensure proper healing and to prevent long-term dysfunction or instability of the elbow joint.