Broken Elbow


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Comment from: Toumignon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

Pavement trip was the cause of my broken elbow. An open fracture of the olecranon was plated on 1st October, 2019. Mid-February the surrounding area is still bruised - not sure this is normal.

Comment from: Sandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I fell on black ice, only the elbow hit the ground and broke.

Comment from: Nicole, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: October 25

My mother fell and the emergency room said her elbow was dislocated. Her whole arm is purple, red and yellow all the way to her fingertips. They reset the elbow and no changes, swelling is worse and so is pain.

Comment from: Powley80, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had a bad fall where I put my left arm out to save myself and I have a confirmed elbow break. Since the fall and after leaving Accident and Emergency department I am still in so much discomfort. I also keep getting lots of pain in my wrist too. I was told to wait for fracture clinic to get me for appointment. I really feel uncomfortable. All I have for keeping my arm in place is a sling which I keep having to adjust and also wear at night too. I also have pins and needles in my thumb and index finger, I don't what to do.

Comment from: sunshine24, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

In December of 2016, I slipped coming down the porch stairs, only 2 steps. I fell on ice and stuck out my left arm to break my fall. It did that, but I shattered my elbow into 10 pieces.

Comment from: Dj, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

My elbow was injured and broken in a car accident. I had pins and a plate inserted about a month ago now. I can’t bend or straighten my elbow. Concerned if I will have close to normal function after a while.

Comment from: Pattyann, Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I fell down four stairs onto the pavement during a terrible wind, rain storm. I fractured my left elbow severely. The emergency room physician told me that I would need surgery which was scheduled while I was there. A metal plate with screws was installed. The recovery was slow but steady with the help of pain medication. Upon seeing my surgeon for follow up, the x-ray showed that one of the screws has backed out. I have some stiffness which affects my range of motion. I wonder what happens now.

Comment from: Nanny, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I broke my elbow changing a light bulb standing on a weak chair; right dumb. I was in a cast for 6 weeks and in therapy for 8 weeks. I now do therapy at home. I have no pain except when doing the therapy so all is good. What is strange is that my fingernails on the hand of the injury turned brown. They are growing out fine, but I wonder what would cause this. I did have several x-rays of course. I just took a minimum of pain medication.

Comment from: Granny Rider, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I broke my elbow when my bike hit a pothole. It was wired back together and put in a plaster cast for 6 weeks. As I ride long distances on my road bike (e.g. 2,000 miles round Eastern Europe last year), I was keen to get back in the saddle! It took 8 weeks before I could get back on my bike again, but used a turbo trainer while I was in plaster. The arm is still a bit stiff and I cannot fully extend it yet, but I am building up the mileage and having regular physio in preparation for a very long and hilly ride through Italy in September.

Comment from: Becki, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I fell down a short flight of stairs and took a dive onto a tile floor breaking olecranon in three pieces. I have a plate and several screws. It has been 10 weeks since surgery and I am still experiencing stiffness and limited range of motion. I hope this improves. This is very painful.

Comment from: CHARLES A COOK, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 10

I fell backwards on my left elbow, my elbow was cut open. I knew it was bad because the pain was excruciating. I waited a few days,then my elbow began to swell. It got infected, my arm looked like Popeye's. So I went to the doctor and they took X-rays. They told me my elbow wasn't broken and gave me some antibiotics and sent me home. After two and half years and three more doctors. My elbow has gotten infected again and looks like it has a golf ball under the skin. I don't know why these doctors are telling me I'm okay. Anybody can see there's something wrong.


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Comment from: Angie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was involved in a car accident where I was hit head on. Although neither of us were driving fast, it was enough damage to total my car and cause the airbags to deploy. My adrenaline must have been going because i thought the pain was just a sprained wrist. I was still able to move my arm, just very slowly. I was basically dragged to the ER by a friend and the X-rays showed that I had an elbow radial head fracture. Didn't feel horrible pain until hours later that day.

Comment from: MaddyB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I fell off my pushbike when my wheel went off the pavement as I moved aside for a jogger. I put both arms out to protect myself. Just my left arm ended up being more painful and there was bruising on my left elbow. I put ice on everything soon after and then went to casualty. The X-rays showed a non-displaced fracture of the radial head. The main pain was in my forearm and I couldn't turn my hand over for days. The doctor said it was best not to immobilize it as that could cause contractions of the muscles. Just concerned I might go the other way and overuse it and slow the healing process? It's only been 10 days. I want to go back to work but don't want to be unwise. Sometimes at night the forearm muscles really ache.

Comment from: Joyce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I was chasing my dachshund and tripped on a crack in the sidewalk!

Comment from: carollynne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I tripped on industrial equipment and fell straight to the ground with my left arm outstretched.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

Fell backwards at the local ice rink after catching a skate edge in a rut. I've fallen just like that a number of times playing hockey but have always been wearing elbow pads. This time it was open skate and I was not wearing pads. Open reduction and internal fixation with a plate and 12 weeks of PT with a hand specialist.

Comment from: Noreen, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 13

I fell and broke my elbow 3 weeks ago.

Comment from: emedicinehealth, 65-74 Male Published: October 12

I fell backwards and shattered my elbow, which had to be rebuild with plates and screws.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: August 30

I am 70-yr old woman whose dog decided to take for a trip after a rabbit or something resulting in me falling off the steps of the deck. I literally hit the cement with my forehead, but did not sustain a concussion or unconsciousness. My elbow was broken leaving a floating piece of bone. It was extremely painful and my doctors are monitoring the bone to determine if it will have to be removed.

Comment from: Dark Ashes, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I was playing on a bouncy castle with my friend and we both jumped down the slide at the end and left my elbow in a funny position with her on it. I had an x-ray and they said that it was fractured and then yet another x-ray for my wrist because it was swollen but they said that this was common. Another time I slipped down my garden steps at 6:15 in the winter and had to drive an hour to an open hospital. Yet another time I was trying a trick on my scooter and made it, nearly broke my scooter and fractured my right elbow, which then meant I couldn't write!

Comment from: eve, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I put off seeking medical care because of my college class schedule. Bad move on my part. I was taking a "Body Pump" class at the gym. (This is a weight-lifting class choreographed to music.) Anyway, when at the rack to put the weights and bar away, someone handled their bar incorrectly and in doing so swung it right into my elbow. It really hurt badly, but elbows get banged all the time so I didn't think much more about it. A week later, it still hurt and now the pain was also in my forearm, plus, my range of motion was somewhat decreased. By the second week, I could not fully extend my arm, could not sleep on that side and had no strength to even pick up a gallon jug of water. It took me 3 weeks to see a doctor! Don't wait like I did. I may have permanently damaged myself by waiting. Time will tell.

Comment from: ifell over inthesnow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I slipped in the bad snow at 4 days before Christmas 2010 and broke my elbow. It has been 8 weeks now and although the bone has healed, I suffer with stiffness of the elbow and weakness in my arm in general. I am 47 years old and really hoping that I don’t have any long term damage. I guess taking things steady for a while and gentle exercise on my arm is the only way.


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