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.