Prof. Dr. Mehmet İşyar – Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Doktoru

Elbow Fractures

Mehmet İşyar, M.D. Prof

Elbow fractures refer to fractures in the bones in the elbow area. The elbow consists of the humerus, the upper arm bone, and the radius and ulna, the lower arm bones. This complex joint is important for many daily activities. Elbow fractures can occur as a result of traumatic injuries, sports accidents, falls or traumatic accidents.

Elbow fractures may show different symptoms and treatment requirements depending on their type and severity. The main causes of elbow fractures can be as follows:

1. **Falls:** Especially as a result of an unbalanced fall on the hand and arm, elbow fractures can occur.

2. **Sports Injuries:** Elbow fractures are common in sports such as tennis, cycling, basketball.

3. **Car Accidents:** Elbow fractures can occur in traffic accidents, especially when stopping or crashing quickly.

Common types of elbow fractures are as follows:

1. **Humerus Fracture:** Fracture of the humerus, the upper arm bone. These fractures usually occur as a result of traumatic accidents.

2. **Radius and Ulna Fracture:** Fractures of the radius and ulna, which are the bones of the lower arm. These fractures can also develop as a result of traumatic injuries.

3. **Olecranon Fracture:** It is a fracture of the olecranon, which is the elbow bone of the ulna. This fracture can affect elbow bending and straightening movements.

Treatment of elbow fractures may vary depending on the type and severity of the fracture and the general health status of the patient. Treatment options may include rest, use of plaster or splint, surgical intervention, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Surgical intervention may be necessary depending on the type and severity of the fracture, especially when the bone needs to be replaced or stabilised.

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