Our lovely daughter, (Carlie is in the middle) and her friends headed out last night for some ‘girl fun’…a bus ride..since they would be drinking..
I am glad that they were responsible enough to take public transit..just glad that I wasn’t on the bus…I am sure it was a ride filled with ‘giggles’..
just some harmless Friday fun filled with food and alcohol and good friends..
that was until 3am this morning..
a ‘face-plant fall’…an outstretched hand and we have an issue!!..
She made it home okay thanks to a ride from a friend..but this morning we had to visit the Eagle Ridge Hospital..
Diagnosis?..A Radial Head Fracture..
‘Trying to break a fall by putting your hand out in front of you seems almost instinctive. But the force of the fall could travel up the lower forearm bones and dislocate the elbow. It also could break the smaller bone (radius) in the forearm. A break can occur near the elbow at the radial "head."
Radial head fractures are common injuries, occurring in about 20 percent of all acute elbow injuries. They are more frequent in women than in men and occur most often between 30 and 40 years of age.
Approximately 10 percent of all elbow dislocations involve a fracture of the radial head. As the upper arm bone (humerus) and the ulna return to their normal alignment, a piece of the radial head bone could be chipped off (fractured).
- Pain on the outside of the elbow
- Swelling in the elbow joint
- Difficulty in bending or straightening the elbow accompanied by pain
- Inability or difficulty in turning the forearm (palm up to palm down or vice versa)
Radial head fractures are classified according to the degree of displacement (movement from the normal position).
Type I Fractures
Type I fractures are generally small, like cracks, and the bone pieces remain fitted together.
- The fracture may not be visible on initial X-rays, but can usually be seen if the X-ray is taken three weeks after the injury.
- Nonsurgical treatment involves using a splint or sling for a few days, followed by early motion.
- If too much motion is attempted too quickly, the bones may shift and become displaced.
a two hour visit to the Emergency..one x ray and we were home again…
one arm in a sling..
a banged up knee..
did she learn a lesson?..well..more than likely not..
no.. the sidewalk wasn’t icy
no.. she wasn’t wearing high heels
and did she get a lecture..no..of course not..
we were just thankful that her friends looked after her and made sure she got home safely…
this injury is on the mend ..a sling for three days and then she can start mobilizing her arm..
nothing that a container of Ben and Jerry’s won’t fix..
that..and some ibuprofen..