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Elbow fractures after an Indiana Accident | The terrible triad

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Mar 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fractures of the elbow usually occur in automobile accidents because the driver is holding onto the steering wheel or a passenger puts his arm out to brace himself during the crash.  In a slip & fall the injury is usually with the person putting out their arm to brake the fall.  The following are names of common elbow fractures:

  • Distal humerus fracture
  • Proximal ulna fracture
  • Olecranon (elbow) fracture
  • Radial head fracture
  • Fracture of both the radius & ulnar
  • Monteggia fracture

Terrible triad in elbow injury

The terrible triad happens when there is a fracture of the radial head, the coronoid process of the ulna, which allows the humerus to dislocate. This is a serious injury, with a whole host of complications including nerve injury and heterotopic ossification.

Additional complications associated with fractures of the elbow include:

  • Blood vessel injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of motion or fusion of the joint
  • Deformity of the joint

If you have any questions about an elbow fracture following an accident, call us now at (219) 874-4878.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...


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