When you bend your elbow, you can easily feel its “tip,” a bony prominence that extends from one of the lower arm bones (the ulna). That tip is called the olecranon (oh-lek’-rah-nun). It is positioned directly under the skin of the elbow, without much protection from muscles or other soft tissues. It can easily break if you experience a direct blow to the elbow or fall on a bent elbow. Symptoms of an olecranon fracture include sudden, intense pain, inability to straighten the elbow, swelling/bruising, tenderness, numbness in one or more fingers, and pain with movement of the joint. The goal of treatment is to realign and secure the fracture for proper healing. This may be done surgically or non-surgically depending on the fracture.