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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.

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.


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