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Radial Head Fracture (elbow)
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What has happened?
- You have a very small break in the radial head or neck - one of the bones in your elbow
What should I expect?
- A sling will hold your elbow in a comfortable position for a few days
- You may need regular pain relief
(e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) as it is important to keep the elbow moving - this prevents stiffness and ensures the quickest return to normal movement
What should I do?
- You should start weaning yourself off the sling as your pain improves and aim to remove the sling as soon as possible - you don't need to see a doctor before doing this
- Start performing gentle range of motion exercises by bending and straightening your elbow out of the sling several times
What should I not do?
- Do not lift heavy objects or do any physical activity that is too strenuous with you injured arm initially
- Try to reduce or stop smoking as this may delay bone healing
Will I be followed up?
- Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave ED and you will be contacted regarding a date and time
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP in the first instance - take your ACC form/number with you
- Please seek medical advice if you experience
- Numbness or tingling in your arm or hand
- Increasing pain in your arm or hand