Radial Head Fracture – Symptoms & Treatment

Radial Head Fracture

Radial head fractures are common injuries, occurring in about 20% of all acute elbow injuries. Many elbow dislocations also involve fractures of the radial head.

Radial head fractures are more frequent in women than in men, and are more likely to happen in people who are between 30 and 40 years of age.

Normally diagnose with X-ray.

Common symptoms of radial head fracture

    • Pain on the outside of the elbow
    • Swelling in the elbow joint
    • Difficulty in bending or straightening the elbow accompanied by pain
    • Inability or difficulty in turning the forearm

Treatment depends on the presence and amount of displacement. A grade 1 injury with no displacement may place you in a splint followed by rehabilitation exercises.

When displacement is present, surgery may be required. If the fragment is one large piece, this involves fixing it back to the bone with pins or wires. When the fragment is broken into several smaller pieces, the op may require to remove them altogether.

If you suspect you may have a radial head fracture, it is advised to seek immediate medical treatment from Dr Siow.

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