How long does a fractured radial head take to heal?
Depending on how severe your fracture is and on other factors, you may not have full range of motion after you recover. Most fractures heal well in 6 to 8 weeks.
How do you treat a radial head fracture?
General Treatment Most radial head fractures are treated without surgery. This requires the pieces to be lined up well and for there to be good motion at the elbow. Non-operative treatment usually means a short period of rest in a sling followed by gentle motion.
Does a radial head fracture need a cast?
Radial head fractures are not treated in a plaster cast, as the fracture is stable. This means you can move the joint without causing damage. It is very important to get your arm moving as soon as possible, to avoid joint stiffness and muscle tightness.
What is dislocation of the radial head?
Radial head dislocation occurs when the radial head is displaced from its normal articulation with the ulna and the humerus. The dislocation may be acquired or congenital (see the separate article on congenital radial head dislocation).
How do you fix a radial head dislocation?
In adults, however, open surgical repair is almost always necessary. There are several surgical procedures available to address chronic radial head dislocation, but most commonly used is open reduction with plate and screw fixation or intramedullary nail of the ulna and annular ligament reconstruction.
How do I know if my radial head is dislocated?
What are the symptoms?
- Refusal to move the arm. Your child may keep the arm dangling down the side of his or her body. Sometimes the dangling arm turns slightly inward (pronates).
- Crying. Your child may cry from the pain and because he or she feels scared.
- Pain anywhere between the hand and shoulder.
Does radial head grow back?
After excision of the radial head, 95 per cent of radial growth came from the distal physis, compared with 71 per cent on the control side. A regenerated radial head, which had an irregular surface of fibrocartilaginous tissue, accounted for the remainder of growth on the side that had been operated on.
What happens if radial head is removed?
Symptoms after radial head excision surgery You will feel significant instability in your elbow especially if you did not require the radial head to be replaced with an artificial implant. After the surgery you will also experience a short term decrease in function, mobility and range of movement in your elbow joint.