An olecranon fracture is a break in the bony tip that you feel directly under the skin of the elbow. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
The usual causes of a broken elbow are a fall or a direct hit to the elbow. A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the injury.
With treatment, the fracture may take up to several months to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the arm get stronger and more flexible. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your child’s healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Most broken elbows are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. Teach your child to be careful when he or she plays or exercises. Knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet can help prevent injuries during activities like biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding.