Radial Head Fractures

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Radial Head Fractures

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What Are Radial Head Fractures?

Radial head fractures are a form of wrist fracture that occurs when the end of the radius bone moves out of place. The radial head is the round knob at the top of your forearm where it attaches to your elbow.

You can get radial head fractures from a fall, sports injury, or accident. They happen when the forearm strikes something hard, such as a table top or floor. If you have this kind of fracture, you may feel pain in your wrist or hand when you move your arm. You may also notice swelling and bruising around your elbow and/or forearm.

What Are The Types Of Radial Head Fractures?

Radial head fractures are classified into three types: non-displaced, displaced but without comminution, and comminuted.

  • Non-displaced radial head fractures occur when there is no displacement of the radial head. This means that the fracture lines stay within the radius. The most common cause of this type of injury is a fall on an outstretched hand.
  • Displaced but without comminution radial head fractures occur when there is displacement of the radial head but no comminution (the breaking apart of bone). It is common for this type of fracture to be associated with a fall on an outstretched hand or wrist.
  • Comminuted radial head fractures are rare and involve multiple breaks in the bone that require surgical repair. They can happen as a result of high-energy impact injuries or from repeated stress over time.

What Are The Causes Of Radial Head Fractures?

Radial head fractures are caused by trauma to the elbow, which can occur when someone falls on their outstretched arms. The radius is one of the two bones in the forearm, and its head is a ball-like structure that connects to the humerus (upper arm bone) at the elbow joint.

During trauma, if the force of impact is great enough, it can cause a break in the radial head, or even dislocate it from its socket.

What Are The Symptoms Of Radial Head Fractures?

The symptoms of a Radial Head Fracture include:

  • Pain in your elbow, especially when you use it for activity like lifting or carrying things
  • Swelling and bruising around your elbow (the area where it joins with your forearm)
  • A lump or bump on the side of your elbow where the break occurred

What Are The Risk Factors For Radial Head Fractures?

There are a few risk factors for radial head fractures, including:

  • Age (the older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from this type of fracture)
  • Different types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout)
  • Physical trauma (a fall or similar accident)

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What Are The Exercises For Radial Head Fractures?

The exercises for radial head fractures include:

  • Wrist Circles – this exercise can be done with your arm hanging by your side or sitting up. Make a circle with your wrist, moving it in a clockwise direction. Do this 10 times, then reverse direction and do it 10 times again.
  • Finger Extensions – this exercise is good for building strength in the muscles that move the fingers, wrists and hands. Extend each of your fingers individually and hold them out straight as long as you can before letting go. Start with your pinky finger and work up towards your thumb. Do this 5 times on each hand.
  • Wrist Flexion/Extension – this exercise helps strengthen the muscles that flex and extend (bend) the wrist joint. Bend your wrist toward you as far as possible without pain or discomfort, and then straighten it back out again using slow movements so there is no sudden jerking motion to cause further injury to the area.

What Are The Treatments for Radial Head Fractures?

Radial head fractures are injuries to the wrist that can result from trauma or repeated stress. In order to treat these fractures, we have to first identify what type of fracture you have.

  • If your symptoms are mild and you have no bone displacement, then you may be an ideal candidate for conservative treatment. This means that you’ll need to wear a splint for six weeks, but there are no other major restrictions on your activities.
  • In some cases, you may need surgery if your radial head fracture is more severe or if it doesn’t heal properly with conservative treatment. In this case, surgery will involve placing screws into the bone in order to hold it together while it heals properly.

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What Brace Is Used For Radial Head Fractures?

The brace that is used for Radial Head Fractures is a sling. This is a type of medical device that is worn by the patient to help support and stabilize the injured area. It can be used on either arm or both arms, depending on the type of injury and how severe it is.

The sling helps hold the joint in place while it heals, which helps reduce pain and increase mobility. It also helps prevent further damage from occurring as well as reduces swelling around the area where there has been an injury.

There are different types of slings available depending on what kind of injury occurred:

  • A standard sling is used for injuries such as dislocations or fractures in which nothing has been torn or broken within your bones; however, if you have torn ligaments then you will need something more

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