Immediately following the injury, applying ice to the affected elbow and pain relief medication may provide comfort whilst waiting for treatment.
The the fracture is well aligned you may be able to treated with imbolisation of the elbow joint. This can involve a sling, brace or cast. Your exact fracture pattern to help to determine which is best and for how long the treatment needs to continue.
Surgery is commonly needed for fractures that occur around the elbow. Surgery may be required if the bones are not aligned, if there is a break involving the joint surface or if there is instability of the elbow joint. Surgery may also be required where there are several fragments of bone.
Plates and screws are often used to fix fractures around the elbow. Sometimes wires placed through small cuts the skin, and supported by a cast, may be used to hold fractures in place.
Occasionally, when there are severe fractures that affect the elbow, it is necessary to place a frame around the elbow to support it. This can be used for very comminuted fractures (many pieces) or for fractures that have an associated dislocation of the elbow joint.
If parts of the elbow joint are not able to be put back together, parts or all of the elbow joint can be replaced. Radial head fractures can be treated with a small joint replacement if the joint surface is too badly damaged to be reconstructed.
The elbow is very likely to get stiff after an injury, and prolonged physiotherapy is sometimes necessary to overcome this.