Elbow Fracture – Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Kevin Kulwicki is a board certified orthopedic doctor serving patients across Flower Mound, TX. He specializes in the treatment of minor to severe fractures of the elbow joint. The doctor also treats various other orthopedic conditions of the elbow and shoulder.

Elbow Fracture

The elbow comprises of two forearm bones, radius and ulna, as well as one upper arm bone, humerus. It is a hinge joint that plays an important role in the rotation, upward and downward movement of the forearm. A break or crack in any of the bones that make up the joint is referred to as elbow fracture. Depending upon the severity of the injury, it may be classified as displaced, non-displaced, comminuted or open fracture.

Causes Of Elbow Fracture

  • A hard blow at the tip of the elbow
  • Falling on the elbow with an outstretched arm
  • Automobile collision
  • Extensive bending of the elbow
  • Direct injury to hand, shoulder or arm
  • Sports injuries, particularly in hockey, football, gymnastics or wrestling

Symptoms Of Elbow Fracture

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to bend or straighten the forearm
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Stiffness and weakness
  • Numbness
  • The elbow may be tender to touch
  • Popping sound may be heard at the time of injury
  • The broken bone piece may stick out of the skin, in some cases
  • Visible deformity in the joint

Diagnosis Of Elbow Fracture

To diagnose an elbow fracture, the orthopedic doctor may palpate the joint of check for areas of tenderness. Visible deformity, swelling and any bruising marks may also be analyzed. He may check the pulse at the wrist to ensure proper blood flow through the elbow. Imaging tests, such as X-ray, CT scan and MRI, may be recommended to determine the severity of the fracture.

Treatment For Elbow Fracture

  • The orthopedic doctor may recommend wearing a cast or splint to immobilize the elbow joint and allow the bone to heal.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Application of ice packs may help to relieve stiffness and swelling around the elbow.
  • Surgery may be required to treat displaced or open elbow fractures. The orthopedic doctor may make an incision in the joint, put the bone back in place and hold it with metal screws or pins.
  • Post-surgery, physical therapy may help to regain the normal strength and mobility of the elbow.

For complete treatment of elbow fracture, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.