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Broken Elbow (cont.)

Broken Elbow Causes

People can injure an elbow in a variety of ways, from overuse (athletic injuries) to an acute traumatic event (a fall or direct blow). Some common events that result in elbow fractures:

  • Falling backward, for example, off a skateboard, the person may attempt to brace the fall with an arm outstretched and open hand.
  • High-energy trauma can occur in an automobile or motorcycle collision.
  • A direct blow on the elbow can cause a break, such as when a person falls off a bicycle and lands directly on an elbow.
  • Sideswipe injury occurs when an elbow is struck while a person are resting an elbow out an open car window.
  • Any other direct injury to the elbow, wrist, hand, or shoulder can fracture the elbow.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014

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