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ELBOW FRACTURES


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The function of the elbow is to position the hand in space. Any fracture of the elbow is a threat to this functional motion, since the elbow rapidly and easily becomes stiff following trauma. For this reason, elbow fractures must be dealt with swiftly and motion rehabilitation instituted as quickly as possible.

MEDICAL HISTORY

The circumstances of the trauma are very important since that determines the types of fracture and ligament injury expected. The overall amount energy transferred to the elbow translates directly into how stiff the elbow will become later. Falling onto the elbow from several stories off a building is a different injury than bumping the arm against the doorway. All the information about the patient’s lifestyle and work is important in setting treatment goals and selecting between different treatment options.

EXAMINATION

The degree of swelling, bruising, and deformity indicates the amount of energy associated with the injury. The elbow is examined for range of motion and stability if possible. In severe elbow fractures, it will be too painful to try this with the patient awake. It is important to check for nerve injuries associated with elbow trauma by performing functional tests in the hand.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: The main test needed to evaluate an elbow fracture is just a basic x-ray. Only in select cases of more complex fractures is there value to obtaining additional tests. A computed tomography (CT) scan is the preferred test to reveal the pattern of fracture fragments in 3 dimensions. This may assist in treatment planning if the regular x-rays failed to reveal certain information about the fracture pattern.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL FIXATION PROSTHETIC REPLACEMENT
CONSISTS OF Early range of motion exercises Joining together fracture fragments until they heal on their own Replacing the fractured segment with a prosthetic implant
FEATURES No added weight allowed Uses screws only, or plates and screws as permanent implants Metallic replica of just the radial head or the entire elbow
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery; Treatment of choice for stable radial head fractures Provides stable fixation of fragments needed for early motion Can solve a difficult case where fragment fixation would have been expected to fail during motion
DISADVANTAGES Inadequate stability for almost all other elbow fracture patterns Open incision surgery; Some possibility of displacement prior to bone healing or failure to heal at all Man-made prostheses can loosen or wear out over time, especially with more aggressive use

RECOVER


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  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
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  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
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  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
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  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
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  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • some of the most friendly staff and the doctor always explained the information in a manner in which I could understand which always made it very helpful. will definitely recommend this location to family and friends. - 05/31/17
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
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  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
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  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
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  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17










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