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How can I improve the healing of my broken forearm? Anything I should procure eating or avoiding? I'm already following docs instructions on the care

How can I improve the healing of my broken forearm? Anything I should procure eating or avoiding? I'm already following docs instructions on the care

No smoking: Smoking slows healing
take vit d ~ 1000 iu per each 25# body wt per day
and do as you are told by your surgeon

elevate the arm most of the time to avoid swelling and move the fingers as much as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Dunbar
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Forearm Fractures (Definition)

Described as the fracturing or breaking of either one or both of the bones in the lower arm or forearm. These bones are known as ...Read more


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Broken forearm surgery time for recovery (plate and screws)?

Broken forearm surgery time for recovery (plate and screws)?

12-16 weeks: It take some time longer than to healed it depends on the fractures. ...Read more

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Broken forearm or not? Hanging crooked.

Broken forearm or not? Hanging crooked.

Be seen: Certainly would want to be seen and evaluated and likely have an X-ray to rule out a fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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How painful is it to get a broken forearm?

How painful is it to get a broken forearm?

Very: Breaking your arm particularly if displaced with the ends moving is very painful until set or operated on. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a broken forearm or not?

How can I know if I have a broken forearm or not?

X-ray: A x-ray is the only way for sure to know if an arm is broken, but if your arm is acting like you a a joint between the elbow and wrist it is broken and needs treatment. ...Read more

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I think my child may have broken forearm. What would that mean?

Forearm fracture: Most likely it would mean there is a break (fracture) in one of the two bones of the forearm, namely the ulna or radius. Depending on the location, type of fracture and amount of displacement or angulation will determine whether cast immobilization or surgery in necessary. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of broken forearm?

Is there an aftermath of broken forearm?

Aftermath?: In general, depending on the nature of the fracture and how it was treated, most people recover high function and have good results after a forearm fracture. ...Read more

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Will I need a surgery for my broken forearm?

Forearm Fracture: This depends on the angulation/displacement of the bones that are fractured, whether the fracture is open or closed, etc. This decision should be made by an orthopedic surgeon after obtaining either an x-ray or ct scan. ...Read more

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How long to heal broken forearm, and get back to swimming again?

How long to heal broken forearm, and get back to swimming again?

About 6 weeks: Most fractures will heal in about 6 weeks. This type of fracture often requires a cast or other form of immobilization. There are some water proof cast materials, so you may be able to convince your orthopaedic surgeon to allow you to swim. Otherwise, you will likely need to wait until the cast comes out to resume swimming. It should be ok to participate in running, biking and other exercises. ...Read more

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What should I wear on a previously broken forearm while playing basketball?

What should I wear on a previously broken forearm while playing basketball?

Nothing required: No bracing is required for appropriately healed forearm fractures. Sometimes prominent hardware from a surgical repair may warrant a need for a brace or padding to prevent irritation to the area. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for broken forearm?

Depends on fracture: Forearm fractures that are not displaced can typically be treated
in a cast for 6-8 weeks. Fractures in childreen where there is
displacement can be reduced and still treated in a cast.
Forearm fractures in adults with displacement typically require
surgical fixation with plates and screws to align the bone and
get the best results. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Forearm fractures?

What is the definition or description of: Forearm fractures?

Radius and ulna.: Described as the fracturing or breaking of either one or both of the bones in the lower arm or forearm. These bones are known as the radius and ulna. ...Read more

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What painkillers are good for forearm fractures?

NSAIDs: After rest (immobilization), ice, compression (by cast/splint), and elevation, the next best treatment is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. This class of medication helps with swelling and pain. Although narcotics can help with break through pain, they do not assist with swelling which is the typical cause of pain, and of course, addictive with prolonged use or abuse. ...Read more

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What does a broken forearm feel like?

Fracture: Typically this is associated with pain and a specific mechanism of injury. An obvious deformity does not have to be present for a fracture diagnosis. Obtain an xray to be sure. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Possible broken forearm? What are signs?

Pain and deformity: Forearm fractures are very painful, and they will be some deformity with them in the forearm. ...Read more

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How long to heal broken forearm so I can lift weights again?

How long to heal broken forearm so I can lift weights again?

Weight lifting: When you fracture your bones the healing time depends on the type and degree of fracture you had. Ordianrilt bones take 4-6 weeks to heal. I would be careful about lifting heavy weights too prematurely! ...Read more

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Broken forearm or not. Looks swollen, hurts a lot, but X-ray was ok today?

Soft-tissue injury?: Sounds like a lot of soft-tissue damage. Be careful: even if xrays were read out as negative, be sure to have them viewed by an orthopaedic surgeon who has examined you. Clinical correlation is extremely important, for I have seen well over 100 fractures that were missed on initial x-ray report. Soft-tissue injury can cause pain and swelling for months. Start therapy early. ...Read more

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A child that has had a broken forearm, had a rod inserted and later removed? Is the arm as good as new?

A child that has had a broken forearm, had a rod inserted and later removed? Is the arm as good as new?

If not it will be: It's good to be a kid, they heal almost anything. Bone is a very simple organ, all it does is make more bone. Typically it takes about 6 weeks for a fracture to heal. Then another 3-4 weeks for the new bone to. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for forearm fractures?

What are the treatments for forearm fractures?

Many: A lot depends on age, location, displacement, open or closed, comminuted or simple. Ur orthopedic surgeon will decide on how 2 treat ; many times this changes as the fracture is followed. Any loss of position may change the treatment plan. So anywhere from casting to reduction ; casting 2 surgical fixation, either external fix. Internal fix. ...Read more

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Nerve damage in broken forearm is it long lasting?

Nerve damage in broken forearm is it long lasting?

See Neuro/Ortho MDs: Get seen by a neurologist for an emg/nct and s/he can monitor the progress. Your orthopdist would also be able to give you more information especially if the fractres were dealt with by open reduction and stabilization. ...Read more

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How long would you stay in the hospital for surgery for a broken forearm?

How long would you stay in the hospital for surgery for a broken forearm?

Over night: Some time you could leave the same day if there is no complications. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover before playing sports after a broken forearm?

How long will it take to recover before playing sports after a broken forearm?

It depends...: Bone healing usually takes 6-8 weeks depending on the type of fracture. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health. Factors that may speed your recovery include: immobilization, elevation, good nutrition, follow your physicians’ instructions and do not smoke. ...Read more

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Possible broken forearm? Not sure, but does seem very swollen. Can I wait until tomorrow when the doctor is open?

Yes but ice &elevate: As long as you're not having too much pain, numbness, tingling or loss of circulation, you should be ok to wait until tomorrow. However, if any of these symptoms occur or worsen, go the the emergency department immediately. Once you have had an x-ray, you'll know for sure if you have a fracture or not. For now, ice and elevate the extremity. Try to avoid using the extremity and take an nsaid. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a child that has had a broken forearm, had a splint applied & then removed due to being too tight next day?

Has anyone had a child that has had a broken forearm, had a splint applied & then removed due to being too tight next day?

It happens: That is why it was a splint not a cast.Splints can be loosened when/if related swelling occurs. Sometimes keeping the arm up and cooled with cold compresses doesn't stop the swelling. Splints can be loosened to accommodate swelling at home, and re tightened as the swelling fades. After the swelling has gone down a cast may be applied if needed. ...Read more

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Is sore handing arm with crooked bone a broken forearm?

Is sore handing arm with crooked bone a broken forearm?

Could be: While this could be a fracture, if it is knew it may be the way the bone grew. Will need more information to answer your question. ...Read more

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Broken forearm surgery with plate and screws. Is that going to hamper normal growth in the arm if 12 years old?

Broken forearm surgery with plate and screws. Is that going to hamper normal growth in the arm if 12 years old?

Not typaclly: A both-bone forearm fracture usually involves the shaft of the bone and not the growth plates, at the ends of the bone. Growth abnormalities are uncommon with this diagnosis and treatment. Sometime the plates may have to be removed, but it's best to wait about two years. ...Read more

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How long would you stay in the hospital for a head injury, a broken forearm, and a broken shin from bike accident?

How long would you stay in the hospital for a head injury, a broken forearm, and a broken shin from bike accident?

Depends: The answer entirely depends on the severity of each of these injuries. A minor head injury with brief loss of consciousness or simple hairline fractures could be assessed and treated in the emergency room. Severe head injury with brain swelling might require days to weeks in the hospital, while complex fractures would require surgery and several days or more in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the typical healing time for a broken arm?

What is the typical healing time for a broken arm?

Depends on age: This depends on the age and also on what part of the arm is broken.
For an adult the average is about 8 weeks, but will vary depending on which bone and even what part of the bone is broken. For kids the healing time is faster and the lower the age, the faster the healing. ...Read more