fractures and sprains
Falls, twisting injuries and an object hitting the elbow can cause fractures. Doctors opt for surgery to remove bone fragments or when a bone has pierced skin or when a break alters bone alignment or stability. Surgical solutions vary depending on the fracture’s nature, but pins and wires, or plates and screws may be used to realigned bones. Therapy often goes with surgery as do scar massage, ultrasound, heat, ice and splints. Sprains rarely require surgery, unless a ligament, which connects bones, is torn.