Broken Arm

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Broken Arm

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What is Broken Arm?

A broken arm is the result of trauma to the bones in your forearm. The bones in your forearm are called the radius and ulna.

A broken arm can also be known as a fractured arm or a broken radius and ulna. A fracture simply means that one or more of your bones have broken. If you break your wrist, it’s called a distal radius fracture. If you break the top part of your arm, it’s called an elbow fracture.

A broken arm is a common injury and can happen in many different ways—from falling off a bike to playing sports or getting into an accident with a car.

What are the types of Broken Arm?

The most common type of broken arm is a simple fracture, which is when one bone in your forearm cracks. This type of fracture may not require surgery, but it can still be serious and painful.

There are other several types of broken arms:

  • A Colles’ fracture is a break near the wrist, in the radius bone. It occurs when you fall on an outstretched hand and it’s the most common type of broken arm.
  • A Smith’s fracture is a break in the lower part of the forearm where it meets your elbow, and it can occur when you fall on your outstretched arm or when an object falls on it.
  • A Monteggia fracture is a break in the ulna bone that occurs when your forearm is bent around something; this type of fracture is rare but very serious because it can cause nerve damage.
  • A simple displacement – This is when the bone just pops out of place and can be moved back into position by hand. This type typically causes no pain, but it should be taken to the hospital anyway because it can cause long-term damage.
  • An open fracture, also known as a compound fracture. This is when the bone breaks through the skin and is visible on the outside of the body. These always need stitches to keep them closed and prevent infection.
  • A closed fracture, also known as a greenstick fracture or a hairline fracture. These fractures occur when one bone bends and breaks while another bone bends but do not break. They are more common in children than adults because they have more flexibility in their bones as they grow.

What are the causes of Broken Arm?

The most common cause of a broken arm is falling down and landing on your arm. This can happen when you are playing sports, or if you slip and fall in the bathtub or shower. Other causes include:

  • being hit by a car or bicycle
  • falling off a horse or motorcycle
  • getting hit by an object like a baseball bat or tree branch
  • falling down stairs
  • falling off a skateboard or bike into something hard like concrete, metal fence post, or rock wall

What are the symptoms of Broken Arm?

A broken arm is a common injury, and there are some signs that can help you know if you have one.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the elbow, wrist or shoulder area
  • Swelling, bruising or discoloration (bruises) around the break
  • Tenderness to touch around the break
  • Inability to move your arm or hand properly

What are the risk factors for Broken Arm?

The most common risk factors for a broken arm include:

  • Being older than 65
  • Being female
  • Being overweight
  • Having a history of falls or fractures (especially those that occur in the same place)
  • Having osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Skiing
  • Playing sports, particularly those that involve running or jumping
  • Being struck by car, bike, or other vehicle

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Broken Arm?

Breaking a bone can be scary, but it’s important to know that there are exercises you can do while you recover. Here are 3 great exercises for when you have a broken arm:

Stretch your fingers: Hold your elbow with your other hand and stretch your fingers away from your body. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Shake out your wrist: Make sure that your wrist is straight, then shake it in small circles for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Move the forearm up and down: Hold the elbow with the opposite hand and move the forearm up and down for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times

What are the treatments for Broken Arm?

If you have a broken arm, you should see your doctor right away to get an X-ray. If the bone is only cracked or bruised, your doctor will probably give you instructions on how to care for your injury at home until it heals.  In most cases, this means following these steps:
Keep the arm elevated above your heart as much as possible (for example on a pillow). This helps reduce swelling and pain.
Apply ice packs to the area for 15 minutes every hour for up to 48 hours after the injury occurs (do not put ice directly on the skin).
Use an elastic bandage or brace that covers all of the injured area (not just from elbow to wrist). This will help keep the bones aligned and reduce pain.
Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds with your injured arm for at least eight weeks after the injury occurs.

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What brace is used for Broken Arm?

A Humeral Fracture Brace is used for a Broken Arm. This brace is used to stabilize the arm and limit movement. It can also be used to align the broken bone until it heals.

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