Radial Neck Fractures

Fractures of the radial neck involve a break through the top portion of the radius bone at the elbow, often involving the growth plate in children.  Many times these fractures do not require surgery as they are minimally shifted with acceptable angulation which will remodel with time.  

However, more severely displaced fractures usually require an anesthetic to improve the position of the fracture. Usually we can manipulate the elbow to get the radial head/neck in position.  However, occasionally it requires more involved efforts to restore position.  

The following example illustrates a severe case of a displaced radial neck fracture through the growth center. This case required repositioning of the fracture using a pin.