Hey all. I had a hairline fracture in my elbow about 6-7 months ago. It hasn't seemed to fully heal. Every now and again, I start getting extreme pains in it. It also feels like I might some ligaments damage, but when I ask my doc, he says everything is ok. Can anyone suggest something I can do to make the pain go away for good?
talk to your doc, cortizone, or a vitamin b shot...
cortizone: bad side effects, painfull.
vitamin b: hurts even worse but no side effects.
what is cortizone? what is the purpose of it?
Another thing that you might need to know is that my doc is my uncle, so he downplays everything for me. I've told him a few times that it hurts and he says just put it in a sling for a couple of weeks and it'll be ok
Do you have a recent Xray that shows that the fracture has healed? You might have non-union.
No I don't. What is non-union?
With a fracture it means the broken edges didn't get fused by the callus that forms (not callous, as on your hands). I'm not an orthopod, but I assume the same principle applies to a hairline fracture. Hairline fractures are sometimes hard to read on an Xray. Sometimes they get a bone scan to see if there's any metabolic activity going on at the fracture site. Ask your doc.