Upper Extremity Fractures
Upper extremity fractures are common injuries treated by Dr. Louis, a highly trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating trauma injuries. Also commonly referred to as breaks, these injuries can range from a single broken bone due to a fall or complicated multiple fractures sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Dr. Louis is trained in treating all types of fractures with a unique specialty in treating injuries to the pelvis and the long bones of the body.
Trauma injuries can result in fractures, ligament injuries, tendon injuries, nerve injuries and even degenerative joint disease (arthritis). When an experienced orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Louis examines a patient, he looks for the following symptoms:
- Loss of range of motion. This can either be cumulative or sudden in nature. Many people lose some range of motion as they age; however, injuries can begin to affect day-to-day activities in a very painful way
- Pain in the upper extremity
- Weakness. This can be either sudden or gradual
- Skin discoloration. This is caused by the escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels.
- Muscle aches, swelling or numbness
Upper Extremity Bones
Hinsdale Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Louis treats trauma patients with injuries in the following bones/joints:
- Humerus (long bone between the shoulder and elbow)
- Elbow (joint connecting the humerus, ulna and radius)
- Olecranon (protrusion from the elbow which helps makes up the elbow socket)
- Ulna and Radius (two long bones in the forearm)
- Wrist (connects the ulna and radius to the hand)