How long does it take to recover from olecranon fracture?

The prognosis for olecranon fractures is generally excellent and the fracture will typically heal within three months. You will find that your elbow and shoulder become stiff due to the immobilization process. Physical or occupational therapy is typically recommended to regain strength and range of motion.

Can you move your arm with olecranon fracture?

An olecranon fracture usually causes sudden, intense pain and can prevent you from moving your elbow. Other signs and symptoms of a fracture may include: Swelling over the “tip” or back of the elbow. Bruising around the elbow.

How common are olecranon fractures?

The incidence is 12 per 10,000 [4]. The mean age of occurrence is 57, with males more likely to sustain an injury at a younger age. These injuries are frequently associated with concomitant elbow injuries, most frequently to the radial head and coronoid. Approximately 6.4% of injuries are open fractures[4].

How do you rehab an elbow injury?

Hold your arm straight out so your elbow isn’t bent and your palm faces down. Use your other hand to hold the fingers of your outstretched hand and bend it back toward your body until you can feel it in your outer forearm. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat three to five times.

Can you drive while wearing a sling?

Research studies have shown that wearing a sling impairs driving and therefore I must also recommend that you delay driving (particularly high speed driving) until you are out of your sling and weaned off narcotic pain medications as well. This is for 2 to 6 weeks depending on your surgery and rehab protocol.

How do you sleep with a broken elbow?

Invest in a specialized pillow, like a body pillow, for elevation—keeping the broken bone above your heart prevents blood from pooling and causing swelling. Try sleeping on your back first while propped up on a few pillows. If that doesn’t work, slowly adjust yourself to a side position if possible.

What happens if you wear a sling for too long?

But a sling can create problems. Keeping your arm in one position for too long can cause serious problems, such as frozen shoulder. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems.

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