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A radial head fractures account for approximately 20 percent of elbow injuries. These common injuries are defined by a break near the elbow’s radial “head,” or head of the smaller bone of the forearm. Symptoms include pain on the outside of the elbow, swelling of the elbow joint, difficulty bending or straightening the elbow or turning the forearm. Treatments are determined by the degree of elbow displacement and include non-surgical and surgical methods.