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Medicine For Forearm Fracture
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Forearm is very sensitive. My forearm (only on the ulnar side) is bruised and swollen. Is it fractured?
Ulna: There is a possibility that it is fractured. get an xray if you have a concern ...Read more
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
I am very sensitive, swelled and bruised and my forearm (only on the ulnar side) is bruised and swollen. Is it fractured?
An xray: Would tell. Was it injured? How?Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
X-ray and medical: Evaluation are the way to rule out a fracture and to obtain proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more
12-16 weeks: It take some time longer than to healed it depends on the fractures. ...Read more
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
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