Lower arm break

If the ulna or radius has to carry more weight than its stability allows, it will break into two or more pieces (forearm fracture).

Overview

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.

Symptoms

Main symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Restricted mobility of elbow or wrist

Other symptoms

  • 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

Causes

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • X-ray
Possible therapies
  • Plaster cast
  • Operation

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

Exclusion of liability

CSS offers no guarantee for the accuracy and completeness of the information. The information published is no substitute for professional advice from a doctor or pharmacist.

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