About Forearm Fractures:
A forearm fracture commonly involves the breaking of the radius and the ulna, the two bones that comprise the forearm. Forearm bones have the capacity to break in a variety of ways: A small crack in the bone or the bone could break into multiple remnants. The radius and ulna during a forearm fracture are often broken at the same time due to the strong force that are allowing for the bones to be broken in the first place.
Signs & Symptoms
- Pain and swelling
- Incapable of rotating the arm
- In rare cases, numbness or weakness located in the fingers or wrist
How is it Treated?
- Repositioning by way of stabilization surgery (options include open reduction and internal fixation with plates and screws; open reduction and internal fixation with rods; external fixation; etc.)
- Cast and/or brace in cases where non-surgical treatment is an option
- This injury may require surgical intervention. Seeing an orthopedic specialist should be considered.
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