Terrible Triad Injury of the Elbow

What is a terrible triad injury?

The “terrible triad injury” of the elbow is the combination of an elbow dislocation, a radial head fracture and a coronoid process fracture. These injuries make up about 30% of elbow dislocations, and are generally caused by falling onto an outstretched arm.

Treatments for terrible triad injuries most often involve surgical intervention due to their complexity, but treatment through conservative means may be possible if the fracture is not severely displaced.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for terrible triad injuries of the elbow and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

To find out more about terrible triad injuries of the elbow or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean

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