Top 20 Doctor insights on: Arm fracture

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
112 Doctors shared insights

Arm Fracture (Overview)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, require surgery in adults.


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How long does a fractured arm take to heal?

How long does a fractured arm take to heal?

6 weeks: Most fractures will heal within 6 weeks, but sometimes less time, and other times more. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
112 Doctors shared insights

Arm Fracture (Overview)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, require surgery in adults.


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How is an arm fracture typically diagnosed?

X-ray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Arm fracture (Tip)

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a fractured arm?

What are the signs and symptoms of a fractured arm?

Pain, deformity: Pain is the most common sign after the fracture, swelling and deformities in the arm. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Arm fracture (Tip)

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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What are the tests for arm fracture?

What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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Can long term damage be caused by a fractured arm for a 16 month old?

Can long term damage be caused by a fractured arm for a 16 month old?

Fracture: Children heal very well. As long as there is no problem with bone alignment and no nevbe or vascular damage, there shouldn't be any long term damage. ...Read more

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Arm fracture (Tip)

Drinking bone marrow broths help! Has solubilized calcium, msm, glucosamine, glutamine in it. ...See more

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How is an arm fracture typically treated?

How is an arm fracture typically treated?

Depends: I'm not exactly sure what portion of the arm that you really are referring to. Some fractures of the shoulder or the humerus require surgery, yet many do not. Many fractures, if not most, of the forearm, require surgery to preserve your range of motion after the fracture heals. So obviously the treatment recommendation depends on the type of fracture and its location. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Arm fracture (Tip)

Don't forget to, elevate, immobilize the fractured area, and ice often during the first week. ...See more

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What happenes if you don't get treatment for a fractured arm?

What happenes if you don't get treatment for a fractured arm?

It will heal, but...: Most fractures will heal no matter what. However, it's best to seek treatment with an orthopaedic surgeon to ensure that the bone heals in an appropriate position. If the bone heals in a bad position, called a mal-union, it may cause pain, joint dysfunction, or lead to arthritis or loss of motion. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for an x-ray and treatment. Healing will take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a child having an arm fracture from biking?

Variable: No strong evidence...But same as skiing, snowboarding, jumping on trampoline and being an active kid. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Arm fracture (Tip)

Initially there will be lots of swelling pain. While narcotics dull pain, aleve (naproxen) etc may work better. ...See more

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Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod won't come in?

Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod won't come in?

Temporary bracing: Some peds offices are not set up to make the temporary splints used after a fracture. The swelling around the site will often prevent a good fit for any cast.Within a few days the swelling goes down & the cast would be too loose. A temporary splint, employing one hard side, padding & often ace wraps is applied by er techs & the kid seen in the ortho office in 3-5 days for the long term cast. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
792 Doctors shared insights

Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,314 Doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more