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Fractures

Fractures: A Closer Look

Fractures are broken bones. In older patients, fractures are often the result of a fall, either onto an outstretched hand or directly onto the injured body part. In younger patients, fractures are often caused by a high energy injury, such as a motor vehicle accident or contact sports injury. Fractures often cause pain, swelling, and bruising at the break site.

More basic information regarding fractures

 

Forearm fracture

 

Radial Head

Radial head fractures are the most common fractures in the elbow. It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture.

More information regarding radial head fractures

 

Distal Humerus

Distal humerus fractures are a less common fracture that can occur. It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture. 

More information regarding distal humerus fractures

Elbow fractures in children

 

Olecranon

Olecranon fractures can occur when you fall directly onto a bend elbow or with a direct blow to the olecranon (the “point” at the back of the elbow when the elbow is bent). It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture. Make an appointment to further discuss your specific problem.

More information regarding distal olecranon fractures

 

Forearm

Radius/Ulna

The forearm or the portion of the arm between the elbow and the wrist is composed of two bones, the radius and ulna. Several different types of fractures can occur to one or both of these bones depending on the mechanism of the injury. It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture.

More information regarding forearm fractures

Forearm fractures in children

 

Wrist

Radius or Any Other Bones, ie Scaphoid

The wrist is composed of 8 bones (called carpal bones) and two forearm bones (radius and ulna). A number of different types of fractures can occur to the wrist depending on the mechanism of the injury. It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture. 

More information regarding wrist fractures

 

Fingers

Fingers, or commonly called the “lesser joints” in the hand, can be broken from trauma to the hand. A number of different types of fractures can occur to the fingers depending on the mechanism of the injury. It is important to have an evaluation from your provider to determine the proper treatment for your fracture. 

 

More basic information regarding finger fractures

 

More detailed information regarding finger fractures

 

 

For more specific information, please check with your provider.

Make an appointment here to discuss your specific problem further.

 

Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Source and for additional information: American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)