If you suffer from severe pain caused by a forearm fracture, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.
The forearm consists of two bones, one on either side of the arm. These bones, the radius and the ulna, run all the way down to the wrist.
The radius and the ulna make up the forearm. For adults, most forearm fractures mean both the radius and ulna break.
Forearm fractures can occur near the wrist, in the middle of the forearm, or near the elbow.
What are the different types of forearm fractures?
Forearm fractures can occur as a single (radius or ulna only) or combined fracture.
- Galeazzi facture: Most often a displaced fracture in the radius and a dislocation of the ulna at the wrist, where the radius and ulna come together.
- Monteggia fracture: Most often a fracture in the ulna and the top (head) of the radius is dislocated at the elbow joint.
How do Orthopedic Specialists Treat a Forearm Fracture?
Orthopedists can sometimes treat small, simple fractures in the forearm by simply casting the arm for 4-6 weeks. The physician will follow up on your progress with appointments and X-rays to the bone sets and heals correctly. Patients will usually see a physical therapist after removing the cast to help regain strength and motion.
Most of the time, forearm fractures require surgery. Typically, the surgeon will make one or two incisions at different levels and sides of the forearm. After the fractures reduce, they are held together with plates and screws. Post-surgery requires your forearm to be put in a short splint for comfort and protection. You will be advised to not lift weight for around 6 weeks.