Hand and Upper Limb Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Alejandro Badia Calls Elbow ‘Complex Hinge;’ Offers Tips to Protect It
This news was released via PRWEB on February 18, 2020 (click here to view source)
Bracing for bad news may be good defensive strategy but bracing for a fall often is not and may actually end in bad news for upper-limb joints, including the elbow, according to noted orthopedic surgeon Alejandro Badia MD. Attempting to soften the impact of a fall with outstretched arms, hands open – a natural reaction – may fracture the elbow, Dr. Badia indicates. Other causes of elbow injury are a direct blow to the elbow as might occur in sports, car or motorcycle crashes and other trauma or even a simple, low-energy elbow bump.
The elbow is critical for arm movement. A fracture of that joint may result in significant pain and swelling; limit the arm’s rotation, flexion and extension; cause numbness in the arm or hand; and damage soft tissue or one or more of the major nerves and blood vessels traveling through the elbow,” Dr. Badia says. “Oftentimes, surgery is necessary to repair it.
In children, elbow fractures, if not properly treated, can hinder bone growth and development, says Dr. Badia, a specialist in treating musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs. He is founder and chief medical officer of the Florida-based Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNOW®.
Although less frequent than wrist fractures, a break in the elbow often proves more difficult to treat than a broken wrist because of the complexity of the elbow joint, which is a joining of three bones – the upper arm bone, or humerus, that extends from the shoulder to the elbow, and the two forearm bones, radius (on the thumb side of the arm) and ulna (on the ‘pinky” finger side). These bones are connected by ligaments, with muscles and tendons stabilizing the joint and allowing the bones to glide around each other like a well-oiled hinge….
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