Kelly Osbourne breaks up dogfight and elbow

Reality star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Kelly Osbourne found out the hard way that breaking up a dog fight can be dangerous. Kelly was at her mother’s home this weekend, when she tried to break up a fight between two of the Osbourne’s many pet pups. As Kelly tweeted:

“I was trying to stop the dogs from fighting at my mums and managed to fracture my radial head!”

Kelly was seen sporting a sling on her right arm at Heathrow Airport. She calls this injury the most painful one she has ever had- including the foot injury she suffered on Dancing with the Stars.

The elbow is a joint where three bones come together. Your upper arm contains one long bone called the humerus and your lower arm contains two long bones called the radius and the ulna. The pointy tip of your elbow is actually part of the ulna and this part is called the olecranon. The close part of the radius bone that makes up part of the elbow joint is called the radial head.

There are many ways you can break your elbow but the two most common types of fracture involve the olecranon (just imagine falling down on the tip of your elbow) or the head of the radius. This most commonly occurs if you try to catch yourself falling with an extended hand. The force of hitting the ground can twist the radius and crack it near to the elbow joint. The second  image above is an X-ray of an radial head fracture, outlined by the pencil marks.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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