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Discharge advice following attendance with a radial head/neck fracture

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You have a very small break in the radial head or neck – one of the bones in your elbow.

• These fractures almost always heal well with time and use – no specific treatment is required and therefore routine follow-up is unnecessary.
• A sling will hold your elbow in a comfortable position for a few days.
• You should wean yourself off this as your pain settle sand aim to remove the sling completely as soon as you feel able.
• You may initially require regular painkillers as it is important to keep gently moving the elbow and gradually resume daily activities within the limits of discomfort. This will prevent stiffness and
ensure the quickest return to normal function.
• Forcible stretching is unnecessary, and is likely to cause pain and delay in your recovery.
• Symptoms are usually minor, but may take up to 3-6 weeks to settle.


• There may be slightly reduced movement at the elbow, especially on straightening it, but this is unlikely to affect your function.

If you are still experiencing significant symptoms after several months contact the Virtual Fracture clinic on 01908 995205 (08:30 until 15:30, Monday to Friday).

If it’s out of these hours and you think that it’s urgent contact the Emergency Department on 01908 660033.