Broken Elbow Evaluation
The evaluation of an elbow fracture begins with a history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with an elbow fracture may include:
- Elbow deformity
- Limited range of motion in the elbow
- Painful range of motion in the elbow
- Elbow swelling
- In some cases, impaired circulation may be present.
- Tenderness overlying the bones of the elbow
Testing is necessary to confirm this diagnosis of elbow fracture.
Tests that may be used to evaluate elbow fracture include:
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