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At Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Eugene, Orgeon, several of our orthopedic surgeons specialize in fracture care. The Slocum Center has been performing orthopedic surgery, such as fracture repair, for more than forty years. Your procedure will be be performed by a team whose goal is to restore your health swiftly and safely. 

One of the most common types of elbow fractures in children between the ages of 2 and 12, a supracondylar fracture, is a broken elbow that involves the growth plate of the humerus bone.

Cause

Most often, a supracondylar fracture of the humerus is caused by a fall. The child may stretch out his or her hand, and the force from the impact may be enough to cause a break in the bone. However, any trauma to the area, such as an injury from a car accident, can also cause this injury.

Prevention

Minimize the risk of falling.

Treatment

The arm will be checked for signs of damage to the blood vessels and nerves, and the wrist and shoulder will be evaluated for related injuries. X-rays will reveal details about the injury.

If there is no displacement of the bone, the most common form of treatment is to immobilize the arm with a splint, which will stay on for about three weeks so the bone can heal. If the bones need to be moved back into position, one or more pins may be needed to hold the bones in place while they heal. Appropriate pain medication may be prescribed.

With a fractured bone, it is important to keep follow-up appointments to be sure that the bone heals in the correct position. There is also a small chance of infection from the pin(s).