Non-operative olecranon fracture (broken elbow) treatment

An olecranon fracture is a break in the point of the elbow. When it breaks the bones usually move out of place, so surgery is required to make sure everything can line up to heal correctly.

A broken elbow usually hurts a great deal and can make it difficult to move your arm. When you go to get medical treatment, you will have x-rays taken so the doctor can see the type of break you have. If all the bones are lined up correctly, you may not need surgery. You will be given a splint to keep your arm in one position while the bones heal. You will probably wear the splint for several weeks.

You may have multiple x-rays while the bones heal to make sure they are continuing to stay in place. If the bones shift, you may need surgery.

Your doctor will give you instructions for the type of pain medications to take. You may also get information about other ways you can reduce pain, such as by using ice.

After the healing, you will need to do physical therapy to recover fully from your broken elbow.

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