If your child has a fractured elbow, or olecranon, it means there is a crack or break in the bony t...
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If your child has a fractured elbow, or olecranon, it means there is a crack or break in the bony tip directly under the skin. The most common cause is a fall or a direct blow to the elbow. If the fracture is at the growth plate near the ends of the bone, bone growth can be affected and may require special X-rays or other tests. Young bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a child's bone may crack or buckle without a clear break instead of snapping like a dry stick. If the joint is dislocated, it will have to be put back into alignment. Surgery may be needed to repair the bone if a larger part is broken or the break is in the joint itself. Depending on the injury, a fractured elbow may be treated with casts or splints for 4 to 8 weeks. Your child will also be given a sling to support the elbow.