Radial Head Fracture or Soft Tissue Elbow Injury – Advice Sheet: Children

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-481C/2020
  • Departments: Orthopaedics, Paediatrics
  • Last Updated: 18 May 2020

This advice sheet has been produced to give you information about a radial head fracture or soft tissue elbow injury. It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your child’s doctor. If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.

Your son/daughter has had a broad arm sling applied today in the Fracture Clinic.

They should rest the arm in the sling until comfortable (usually a few days). They can then take the arm out, start moving it as demonstrated in clinic and rest it back into the sling for another week or two.

The broad arm sling will need to be removed after 2 to 3 weeks (earlier if pain free) and the arm left free but your child must continue to move the elbow.

Your child should avoid any contact sport i.e. football, rugby, hockey, netball etc. for a further 6 weeks. Care should also be taken if riding bikes, scooters or using roller blades etc.

The long-term implication of the injury will have been explained to you. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Following your child’s appointment today, the doctor has discharged your son or daughter from clinic. This means they will not have another appointment to see us.

If your child has any problems or further queries relating to this injury, please contact us during clinic hours 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this sheet, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on telephone: (01482) 675181

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