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Fractured Radial Head

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What is a Fractured Radial Head?

The radial head forms part of the elbow joint and is commonly injured when you fall over with an outstretched arm. A fractured radial head will present with pain around the outer part of the elbow and will be sore when you move the elbow or wrist.


Common Causes

Common sports that will cause this injury:

  • Skiing
  • Ice skating
  • Skate boarding
  • Football

Common Signs & Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of this injury:

  • Pain around the outer part of the elbow
  • Pain when moving the elbow or wrist
  • Pain when gripping

Condition Management

What should be done following this injury:

  • Attend A&E to have your elbow X-rayed 
  • Use ice or a reusable cold pack to reduce pain and swelling (the recommended time is 10 minutes on with 1 hour off). Never apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Use a sling to protect and rest the elbow for around 2 weeks
  • Consult a chartered physiotherapist for advice about exercises you should undertake to keep the arm mobile whilst the fracture heals.

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