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
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
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
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.
numbness or tingling is noticed in any part of the arm, for instance, a
"funny bone" feeling that doesn't go away
forearm, wrist, or fingers feels "dead" and difficult or impossible to
- Significant pain in the elbow, forearm, wrist, or hand.
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
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