How to Cure Chipped Elbow Bone

October 1, 2010 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

chipped-elbow-bone We’ve all at one time or another accidentally bumped or struck our elbow on either a door, door frame, or counter top and immediately felt pain.  Most people refer to this as hitting the “funny bone”.

But what if you’ve actually chipped your elbow bone?  Should you be concerned?  Will it heal and get better?

First we should point out that when you strike or hit your funny bone, you’re actually not hitting your elbow bone at all.

The tingling you feel is actually a result of hitting the ulnar nerve that runs down the inside of your arm near your elbow from your neck to your hand.

When you strike your ulnar nerve it gets pressed or pinched against your humerus bone(upper arm bone) and you get a “funny” feeling in your elbow/arm.

Hence the name “funny bone”!

So what if your elbow pain does not go away?

What if you’ve actually chipped a bone in your elbow?

Perhaps your elbow is still swollen and inflamed a few hours or days after you initially struck your elbow.


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If you’ve actually taken a chip out of your elbow, it’s not much different than actually fracturing your elbow.

Chipping a bone is different in the sense that the angle you’ve struck your arm bone causes a chip to break away from the bigger bone.

When a fracture occurs to the main bone it’s usually do to a straight, blunt impact or force stronger than the bone itself that results in what’s commonly known as a hairline fracture.

If your elbow bone has been chipped, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • elbow pain at the chipped location
  • inability to use your arm properly without discomfort
  • inflammation and swelling around your elbow
  • possible bruising and bleeding under the skin
  • some people report hand or arm numbness

It’s not uncommon to actually feel the “chipped” piece of bone under your skin.

It may even protrude a little and be extremely tender to the touch.

If you can actually feel the bone floating around under the skin, I recommend you take a trip to your nearest hospital and be seen by a doctor.

Chances are you will first have an x-ray to find the exact location of your chipped elbow.

Depending on the size of the chip and location, you may require surgery to remove the chip from your elbow.

It may take several weeks for your bone to recover and chip to “grow back”.

The doctor may recommend that your arm be put into a cast to minimize movement and accelerate the recovery time.

As for treatment for a chipped elbow bone, after the bone has healed and cast has been removed, you will most likely need specific elbow strengthening exercises to help speed up your recovery so you can get back to all your favorite activities and hobbies.

The most effective type of exercise routine to follow to help recover from a chipped elbow bone are exercises you can do at home.

All it really takes are 5 simple tennis elbow techniques for a chipped elbow bone that you can perform and follow from the comfort and convenience of your own home.  And the best part is that you can sit in your comfy chair and do them while watching your favorite television show.

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21 Responses to “How to Cure Chipped Elbow Bone”

  1. Matthew Johnston on March 17th, 2011 7:21 pm

    Thank you for the article, it was helpful. I had hit my elbow on a door jam pretty hard. I cut the skin a little, but other than that I was fine. About two weeks later I am walking on my treadmil and my elbow became tender. The next day it had swollen with some redness. THe second day the swelling went down and on the third it was gone. However, there is still some pain when I use my hand to type at a keyboard or manipulate something. The pain is not great, but still anoying. Is it possible that an injury could show up that long after the event?

  2. Camden on March 28th, 2011 12:10 pm

    I was pushed off a desk one night while we were playing around like kids and when i hit the ground we all heard a loud crack noise which i also got on video while i was recording when i fell. The next day i noticed it was still hurting and very tender to the touch, so i felt around and noticed a piece missing… it doesnt hurt while moving it otherwise, just when i even touch it a little… so i decided to skip the doctors and let it heal after last time i went when i broke my foot and they did x-rays and told me my foot was not broken when it was and you can still see a bone sticking out of the middle of the side of my foot… love arrowead regional medical center…

  3. angie broome on June 18th, 2011 1:12 am

    i fell april 3o and broke my elbow.should the dr.have put a cast on .here it june 1 7 and my elbow still has lot of pain,

  4. Sean on July 19th, 2011 2:17 pm

    I think my elbow is chipped,do you have to get the chip out? my friend said something about it getting in the bloodstream,my elbow isn’t bruised and i can still move it.

  5. Will F on August 28th, 2011 4:05 pm

    About 4 years ago, I hit my elbow on the metal frame of a sofa bed, hard enough that it hurt for months afterwards, and I suspected I might have chipped the bone back then. Well, a month ago, I fell in my apartment, and the same elbow hit the tile ground pretty hard. It hurt, and I went to feel it about an hour later and a baseball sized amount of fluid had accumulated on the underside of the elbow. The skin was very pliable, very strange. I thought it was going to pop, but it didn’t, instead, a couple of hours later, most of the swelling was gone.

    But now I can feel very obviously a difference between this elbow and my other one. It’s like I chipped off a piece on the bottom of the ulna, so it wiggles around. The worst symptom is that sometimes my elbow will just touch a surface very lightly and I feel a sharp almost burning sensation. Reading this article convinced me that I really should have this looked at, so thanks.

  6. Toni on September 13th, 2011 10:31 am

    My situation is similar to Sean’s. I fell and landed on my elbow. It definitely feels different than my other elbow. I am not sure I actually feel a chip though. I have minimal pain. It does hurt when I put it down on a hard surface. Not sure if I should go to a Dr. Part of the problem is I also broke my ankle in the fall. Crutches would be impossible with a cast on my arm.

  7. brandy on December 14th, 2011 12:59 pm

    I’ve been looking for information on my wrist.. I was at softball practice and I was in the batting cage and the ball hit the bat really close to my hands. The end of the bat hit my wrist. The little bone that sticks out. And it hurt extremely bad. For a few days it was swollen and bruised then I just ignored it but its been like a month and I jus realized that it still hurts a little to the touch and its a little bruised. Also there is a little bump under the skin that i can move around when I touch it.. could it be a chip? And would I have to get it removed? And what if I didn’t get it removed?

  8. Sunny on January 7th, 2012 10:01 am

    I broke my elbow while playing basketball and a little bone got chipped from the elbow.Doctor immobilized my hand for 4 weeks but still my hand moves between 15 to 90 degrees only and i feel pain after that.Doctor hasnt removed the chipped bone yet.How to know if my fractured is cured and How long will it take for my hand to come in full motion?

  9. Kyla on January 27th, 2012 7:29 pm

    I chipped my elbow 8 years ago and I just recently re injured my elbow.. From the X-rays I’ve taken the chip to my elbow didn’t fully Ive been scheduled an orthopedic appointment to see if surgery is needed!! But as of now I can wiggle my fingers to an extent but tingling and numbness accures!

  10. Miss;) on January 29th, 2012 3:15 am

    I hit my elbow like a week ago and now it doesn’t hurt but if I lean on it or even lift my arm for a minute I feel a burning sensation like I’m working out or something

  11. dave on February 13th, 2012 9:27 am

    cheers for the advise,i got my elbow slammed in a car door,last september,its been swollen and tender since,i thought it would just heal,but now i can feel a piece of bone loose under the skin,causes severe pain,so for me it looks like its a cast for the next few weeks ,great.

  12. dereck on February 21st, 2012 4:36 am

    i think i have a bursed bone interside i can use it still but still feel the pain

  13. Karl on February 25th, 2012 1:06 pm

    I slipped at work and my right elbow hit the tile, hard, my elbow was swollen and there was a cut to and I didn’t pay much attintion to it, it went down after awhile but now there is a hole in my elbow it hurts even when I tap it on anything should I go see the doc or will it get better on its own?

  14. michle kors on March 13th, 2012 9:17 pm

    I am like 13 and I have a crack in my elbow and I pitch so I need it to cure ASAP!

  15. rain cervera on March 15th, 2012 11:56 am

    Hwllo I was pushed at school and bruised my elbow bad enough that I had an exray, It showed not cracks etc, but my fingers tingle and my whole arm hurts and my wrlist. Please help I play softball and I am 13 years old thanks rain

  16. angela on April 25th, 2012 8:39 pm

    i get around 75 percent in a wheelchair and i live in the mobile home type teailer with everything standard to the code of inspection i hit my really sharp elbow bone
    it has a golf size ball and i can feel the piece ofbone in this ball right on the tip of my elbow i need help will it go away if no medical attention

  17. CAM HARDIN on June 30th, 2012 2:45 pm

    I got up to use the rest room about 1 1/2 months ago, and hit my right outer elbow against the door frame pretty hard. By the next day it was a little swollen, and had a bruise the size of a couple of inches. Did not think much of it due to I take warfin. My only concern is it still hurts when I touch it against anything, and when I bend or straiten it out or turn my hand upwards. I am beginning to think I should have an X-ray. What to you think? I am 65 years old.

  18. Cathleen Miller on July 27th, 2012 10:14 am

    Thanks to everyone and their comments. I hit my elbow on the wall 3 months ago. It is still painful and I have some numbness. The pain DOES remind me of my “tennis elbow” ten years ago from overuse due to tennis.
    So…….I don’t know if I need X-rays or just be patient.

  19. Alicia on January 17th, 2015 3:34 pm

    Hi this article was very informative and helpful, but I don’t want to pay for a doctor or an xray unless I’m certain that I need to. So yesterday I was kneeling and someone thought it would be a good idea to push me over so he did. But instead of falling one way, I fell a different way and hit my elbow on the corner of a footrest thing. It didn’t hurt at first then it hit me. It was a terrible pain. I started crying and my mom got me some ice. I went upstairs and looked to see if it had swelled any. I couldn’t really tell, but it was tender to the touch. My mom looked at it and she couldn’t tell either. However, today, it is swollen and still tender. It hurts to extend it and grab things with my arm out. My pinky feels like it has been jammed and it really hurts. I don’t think its broken, but I wouldn’t doubt it if it were chipped. I want to know if it seems like it is and if so, if there’s anything that could be done to fix it. Thanks

  20. tenniselbowtips on January 20th, 2015 1:48 am

    Hi Alicia,

    Sorry to hear about your fall.

    I recommend you go see your family Doctor. Only they can give you a true diagnosis of what is wrong. The worst case scenario is that you broke a bone.

    If you do get diagnosed with tennis elbow, then using our Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed program can help you heal and recovery.

    Good luck,

  21. Angela on August 31st, 2015 9:21 pm

    I stepped into thin air after missing the bottom rung of a ladder – and stumbled backwards landing my elbow back into the ladder. The ER said I had a simple fracture on my radius in the middle of my arm. The next day an orthopedic specialist said that was incorrect and I had chipped my elbow. Either way, I have pain in both areas. What bothers me is that in the five minutes the specialist saw me- he waved my concern off and took away my protective splint. He wrapped the arm and put in a spling. Should I be concerned that I’m not protecting my arm/ elbow well enough? I am a professional pianist- and I don’t want bone issues from this injury. Should it be in a cast to heal the bone correctly? Thx for your input.

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