I dislocated and broke the radial part of my elbow and have not been able to EXTEND my ARM down. I am working hard through much pain to BEND my arm, but do not have full bending motion or use of my hand.
Has anyone had this happen? Will I get my extension back? I look handicapped (and am at this point disabled), but I want to know if I will get my use of my arm back?
i dislocated my elbow yesterday, my doctor reduced it an hour later. the xray showed a small chip floating just above the bone i can move arm about 15 degrees and it hurts like hell. he gave me pain killers a sling and sent me on my way. im not sure what to do next.
i broke my wrist and chipped my elbow in a riding accident i have a splint on my arm thats all and same as yourself, given pain killers and a sling, that was two weeks ago, and i can't touch my face or straighten my arm fully it's bent and it hurts to try and force it,
It's not uncommon for a small fleck of bone to be pulled off in a dislocated elbow. It is where one of the ligaments attached to the bone. As long as the piece of bone is not so large that it gets trapped in the joint, or causes the joint to be unstable, it is just ignored.
The vast majority of dislocated elbows are stable after reduction. The usual treatment is a sling for just a few days, then range of motion is started. Once the range of motion is pretty good, then strengthening can start.
It is also not uncommon for the patient to lose some range of motion at the extremes of flexion and extension. The functional arc of motion is from about 20 to 120 degrees.
Remember, it took a lot of energy to dislocate an elbow, and the soft tissues around the joint have been damaged. They heal with scar tissue. That scar tissue has to mature. With range of motion and time, most patients can get back to their usual activities. But, it does take effort and time.