If the ulna or radius has to carry more weight than its stability allows, it will break into two or more pieces (forearm fracture). This causes severe pain and swelling, and sometimes a misalignment is visible. For such injuries, the lower arm must be splinted, immobilised and cooled, and a doctor must be consulted immediately.
- Swelling and bruising
- Restricted mobility of elbow or wrist
- Obvious deformity or misalignment
- Injuries to the nerves in the elbow area can lead to sensory disorders of the hand
- After a long time, the hand muscles can atrophy
Causes and treatment
- Direct external trauma
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Plaster cast
What can I do myself?
- Try to move the fractured area as little as possible, stabilise and immobilise the forearm
- Cool the arm (if possible)
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When to see a doctor?
- After an external trauma (fall, etc.)
- Severe pain
- Severe swelling
- If the forearm is abnormally positioned
- Unusual sensations in the arm / hand
- Increasing pain inside the plaster cast