Radial Head Fracture Treatment

Radial Head fractures are common injuries of the elbow. Most fractures will simply be a crack in the ‘head’ of the radius – the bone which helps as rotate the forearm.

VBJS Patella Xray
Normal Radial Head
Crack in the Radial Head

A simple crack in the bone, while painful, will normally heal well. Surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists will assess the movement of the arm and will often advise treatment with a sling. Follow up x-rays maybe required.

 If the broken bone has moved too far or if there is an inability to completely rotate the forearm then surgery to lock the bone back in place maybe the best option. Your surgeon at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists will discuss this with you.

Fractured Radial Head fixed with screws


Once fixed, you can normally begin to move the elbow under the instruction of your surgeon and may require physiotherapy.

There are risks with surgery. These include infection, delayed healing or no healing of the bone and there is an important nerve (radial nerve) which could be damaged either with your injury or surgery.