Choosing the best doctor for an Elbow Fracture in New York and Brooklyn
Choosing the best doctor for an Elbow Fracture in New York and Brooklyn is an important decision. Dr. Cagle has extensive experience in treating these often-difficult fractures. He utilizes the most cutting edge minimally invasive techniques and technologies to repair the elbow.
WHAT IS AN ELBOW FRACTURE?
A fracture or break of the elbow often occurs with an injury. This can represent an injury to the ulna, the radius and/or the humerus bone. The fracture may also be associated with a dislocation of the elbow joint.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE AN ELBOW FRACTURE?
An elbow fracture is typically associated with an injury or trauma, and the fracture may cause pain and difficulty when using the arm. If you suspect you have an elbow fracture an urgent appointment within 1 week is recommended.
HOW IS AN ELBOW FRACTURE DIAGNOSED?
An elbow fracture is diagnosed by a combination of history, symptoms, a physical examination and x-rays. Sometimes, a CT scan may be needed.
HOW IS AN ELBOW FRACTURE TREATED?
Not all elbow fractures require surgery. In fact, specialists like Dr. Cagle can manage many types of fractures without a surgical procedure. If the fracture is displaced or significantly injured, then surgery may be necessary.
HOW IS THE SURGERY PERFORMED?
Surgical treatment of an elbow fracture requires the repair of the fracture fragments. The surgical repair, commonly called an open reduction and internal fixation, is an open procedure. Some individuals will go home the same day of the surgery.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
Recovery after an Elbow Fracture Repair occurs in stages. Dr. Cagle personalizes the time frame for recovery to each person’s situation. A splint may be needed for 1-2 weeks, and then typically a sling is worn after the splint is removed for a period of 4 weeks to protect the repair. After surgery each person progresses through a focused course of physical therapy to help them quickly regain their elbow function and strength.