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Elbow Breaks & Fractures

Broken and fractured bones are caused by a range of trauma and can come from everyday trips or more serious accidents. Elbow breaks and fractures are common as it is the point where three bones come together. They may occur following a fall onto an outstretched hand or from a direct impact to the elbow.

Symptoms of an elbow break or fracture

The symptoms range from the obvious such as the snapping or grinding noise at the time of injury to more subtle signs of damage. A bone can be broken even it there is no sign of it breaking the skin and bleeding. Alternative symptoms include severe pain and tenderness, swelling and bruising, difficulty moving the elbow joint, as well as tingling and numbness.

Diagnosis of an elbow break or fracture

An elbow break or fracture should be initially treated at an accident and emergency unit. A physical examination will provide an early assessment and X-rays will be needed if a bone is broken or fractured to get an accurate picture of damage to the bone structure before treatment can be planned.

Treatment of an elbow break or fracture

Painkillers are normally administered in the first instance and a splint may be applied. Consultants may be able to re-align bones with expert manipulation but surgery may be required using wires, plates, pins and screws to restore the elbow’s shape and structure. A plaster cast may be used to give the elbow protection as it re-grows and heals.

Follow-up consultations and physiotherapy are essential to the full rehabilitation of the elbow.

Contact us

To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 078 3867 or elbowspecialists@hje.org.uk, the team are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 3pm. Our elbow team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

Elbow Clinic

A specialist group of consultants forms our London-based Elbow Unit. Our expert team is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of elbow injuries and conditions.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3867.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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