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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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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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What painkillers are good for forearm fractures?

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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Fractures of both bones of the forearm?

Fractures of both bones of the forearm?

Ouch: Unfortunately it is not an uncommon fracture. In adults, non displaced fractures treated in cast. Displaced fractures require either plate and screws or I'm rods to hold in good position as they heal. Read more

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I think I fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

I think I fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

Technically 1 year: One if you have a fracture you need to get an xray. 85% of swelling will be better by 8 weeks. The 15% occurs over the year and after a facture that elbow may be slightly more swollen permanently. Read more

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I think I fractured my forearm but I can't tell. Also hurts to move my fingers. Help please. Is it fractured?

Worth an Xray: "a picture is worth a thousand words"
forearm pain with finger motion could be a fracture of the forearm, but also could indicate a muscle injury
regardless, for your proper treatment and peace of mind, it is worth the xray. Read more

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My left forearm is in pain that hurts bad. I felt around on my arm and just thinking maybe I fractured it? Also hurts to move it around

My left forearm is in pain that hurts bad. I felt around on my arm and just thinking maybe I fractured it? Also hurts to move it around

Of course it is: Impossible to diagnose you over the internet for a physical complaint. This could be serious. You need to be evaluated by a health care provider who will obtain a thorough history and physical examination as well as potentially x-ray evaluation. Go now, don't delay before you develop permanent disability. Read more

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I think I fractured my forearm a week ago will it heal on it's own? I fell about a week ago and now my forearm is in serious pain I can not put pressure on it or even open a jar, do I need to see a doctor, if so what will they do?

Don't: Don't recommend leaving a possible fracture of the forearm unattended. It needs to be determined if there is any neurovascular compromise. Additionally, depending on the site of a fracture need to determine that there is proper bony alignment for healing. Also need to check for tendon or ligament damage. The doctor would like take a medical history, physically examine the extremity and take an x -ray. Depending on findings there could be a splint, soft cast or cast. Read more

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What are the signs of a fracture in my forearm?

What are the signs of a fracture in my forearm?

Pain: It is usually very painful and tender to touch, with bruising. Limited mobility of the elbow and wrist, and grip. Sometimes the forearm will be misshapen. It is important to get an x-ray. Read more

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I'm starting to think I might have fractured my forearm, help?

I'm starting to think I might have fractured my forearm, help?

X-ray and medical: Evaluation are the way to rule out a fracture and to obtain proper treatment. Take care. Read more

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Forearm fracture in small child, what to do?

Forearm fracture in small child, what to do?

Variies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can. It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. Read more

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Fractured hand, soft tissue in forearm. Help?

See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, possibly order some tests, and see what's going on. Read more

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How long does it take for a broken bone in the forearm to heal?

How long does it take for a broken bone in the forearm to heal?

About 6 weeks: Bone healing takes about 6-8 weeks for 70% healing. Full healing can take 3 months or longer. An orthopedist should be monitoring it until full healing to avoid problems such as mal union or non union. Read more

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How painful is a fracture or a break in the forearm? How to tell if I have one?

How painful is a fracture or a break in the forearm? How to tell if I have one?

X-ray: A fracture is usually quite painful initially. But, the only way to determine if you have a fracture is through a medical evaluation with an x-ray. Read more

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Where does a fractured forearm get examined? At the X-ray place or the orthopedic clinic?

Where does a fractured forearm get examined? At the X-ray place or the orthopedic clinic?

Orthopaedic clinic: A clinical examination by a physician should be the first step. In that way the most appropriate x-ray can be ordered (if necessary) and then interpreted. Treatment depends on the clinical exam and the x-ray. Read more

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Treatment options for forearm fracture?

Depends: If the fracture is severe enough it may need surgery which includes inserting a plate and screws. If surgery is not necessary, a cast is applied for 4-6 weeks until the fracture is healed and stable. Read more

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Could I break, fracture and sprain my forearm all at the same time?

Technically yes: A break and a fracture are synonyms, they mean the same thing. When you fracture our arm you do in fact sprain the muscles in your arm from the trauma inflicted that also causes the fracture/break Read more

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I just had a fractured forearm. (radius and ulnar, closed fracture), what to do?

I just had a fractured forearm. (radius and ulnar, closed fracture), what to do?

Followup: You certainly would want to be followed up to make sure everything that needs to be done is done to ensure a good outcome. Read more

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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