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ELBOW FRACTURES AFTER AN INDIANA ACCIDENT | THE TERRIBLE TRIAD

Guy DiMartino March 25, 2015


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.