About Elbow Fractures

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is an Elbow Fracture?

The elbow is a hinge joint comprised of 3 bones: humerus, radius and ulna. An injury to this area may cause a broken elbow, also known as an elbow fracture.

Common Causes:

  • Accidents
  • Direct blows
  • Falls
  • Sports

Symptoms of an Elbow Fracture may include:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Trouble moving your arm or not being able to move your arm at all
  • Weakness or numbness in your elbow, arm, or hand
  • Deformity (your arm is shaped differently than normal)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing an elbow fracture, our experts will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Immobilization is the most common nonsurgical treatment option. Dr. Ala will create comfortable custom-made cast, splint, or bracing. They help bones perfectly align and heal. Addition to immobilization the following may be prescribed:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Prescribed to decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

Prescribed after the fracture is healed by an OPA approved physical therapist.

Surgery may be recommended to treat severe elbow fractures. During an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure, our physician realigns the broken elbow bones and uses screws and a plate or rod to fixate them. The joint is immobilized after surgery. The bones heal over the course of many weeks. You regain motion and are no longer in pain after a complete recovery. Physical therapy may be prescribed after the fracture is healed to regain strength and function.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Upper Extremity Specialists are experts in treating elbow fractures.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment with at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Elbow Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jessie Janowski, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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