Fractured Radius 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:
- Surgery for a forearm fracture
- Physical therapy for forearm fracture
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Fractured Radius 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?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- 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?
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