Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fractured Forearm Treatment

The treatment for a forearm fracture depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for forearm fractures usually includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, pain medications, and the application of a splint or cast. Some forearm fractures require surgery to align the bones so they can heal properly.

Treatment for forearm fractures may include:

  • Cold compresses to the forearm
  • Rest the forearm
  • Elbow cast
  • Elbow splint
  • Forearm splint
  • With some forearm injuries you may wish to wear a sling for comfort:
    • Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
    • If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
  • Elevate the arm:
    • Above the heart if possible
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Surgery for a forearm fracture
  • Physical therapy for forearm fracture

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Fractured Forearm Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a forearm fracture.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Fractured Forearm Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat forearm fracture:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fractured Forearm References
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