Broken Elbow (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care for a Broken Elbow
An elbow fracture carries the risk of potentially serious and disabling complications. If a person thinks the elbow may be fractured, seek medical attention at a hospital's emergency department immediately.
If a person has only mild swelling, and no bruising, open wounds, or loss of feeling; they may consider calling a doctor prior to seeking emergency medical attention.
If an elbow shows any of the following problems after an injury to the arm, go to an emergency department if:
Swelling occurs at or near the elbow
Any deformity of the elbow or the areas near the elbow.
The injured elbow has a new lump or bump, go to the emergency department. Compare the injured elbow to the uninjured one.
Grinding, popping, or clicking is heard or felt during elbow, wrist, or hand movement
The elbow "catches" at the joint. Normal elbow motion becomes limited.
Discoloration of the elbow or areas near the elbow occurs. A bluish, purplish, or blackish color may indicate bleeding into, or near, the elbow. A reddish color may be a sign of infection.
Any numbness or tingling is noticed in any part of the arm, for instance, a "funny bone" feeling that doesn't go away
The forearm, wrist, or fingers feels "dead" and difficult or impossible to move normally.
Significant pain in the elbow, forearm, wrist, or hand.
The wrist, forearm or hand becomes pale, cool, or bluish color that may indicate a blockage of blood flow in the injured elbow.
Bleeding around the elbow area.
A person cannot easily perform the following motions without pain:
Fully straighten the elbow
Fully bend the elbow so that the fingertips touch the shoulder
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014
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