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Olecranon Fractures

    Olecranon Fractures

    The tip of the elbow is formally called the olecranon. It forms the hinge part of the elbow joint and rotates around the end of the humerus. The triceps muscle also inserts on the olecranon and powers extension of the arm. Occasionally the olecranon can break with either a fall onto an out-stretched or flexed arm. We typically recommend surgery for these fractures to realign the joint surface of the elbow and to restore the triceps mechanism.