Author: John Winkler, M.D.
-Lower mechanisms of injury have a lower chance of an associated fracture or major ligament injury.
-One major concern is having a fracture fragment in the joint (can lead to chronic arthritic pain).
-Evaluation should involve checking the neurovascular status of the arm and reduce the fracture as soon as possible. Immobilize arm in a sling and consult orthopedics if there is intra-articular involvement.
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