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

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Cast or surgery

There's basically 2 treatments: cast or surgery.
If the bones are not out of place, a cast should do just fine. There is very very little risk with a cast. Stiffness may be the main risk. Surgery is typically needed if the bones are not alignment. If the bones are not aligned, the patient will have trouble with twisting motion. The bones can have a hard time healing, also, if they are apart.

In brief: Cast or surgery

There's basically 2 treatments: cast or surgery.
If the bones are not out of place, a cast should do just fine. There is very very little risk with a cast. Stiffness may be the main risk. Surgery is typically needed if the bones are not alignment. If the bones are not aligned, the patient will have trouble with twisting motion. The bones can have a hard time healing, also, if they are apart.
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