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Forearm Fracture Overview

What is a forearm fracture?
A person with a forearm fracture has broken the radius or ulna, which are the two bones between the wrist and the elbow. The most common causes of forearm fractures are falls and sports injuries.

What are the symptoms of a forearm fracture?
Symptoms of a forearm fracture include arm pain that worsens with movement of the elbow or wrist. Other symptoms include forearm swelling, deformity, hand swelling, wrist swelling, forearm tenderness and hand numbness.

How does the doctor treat a forearm fracture?
The treatment for a forearm fracture depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for forearm fractures may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, splinting, cast, shoulder sling, and narcotic pain medications. Some forearm fractures require surgery to align the bones so they can heal properly.

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Forearm Fracture References
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