Radial Head & Neck Fractures

Radial neck fractures account for about 1-5% elbow injuries in children. They usually occur in children around 9-10 years old, and occur equally as often in boys and girls. The top of the radius, on the outside of the elbow, fractures just below the elbow joint, and often is significantly displaced.

When this occurs, the top of the radius needs to get put back into place. Usually this can be done in the emergency room with the child under sedation, however sometimes the radius can’t be realigned without surgery. If the radius can be successfully realigned, the elbow is immobilized for around a week, and then the child can begin moving the elbow. If surgery is required, then the elbow may me immobilized for slightly longer.