Forearm Fractures

Forearm Fracture Specialist in Kansas City, MO

What is a Forearm Fracture?

A forearm fracture is a relatively common injury. Your forearm consists of two bones, the ulna and the radius. While it is possible to break just one of these bones, it is common to break them together as a result of a fall or a blow to the bones. Because these bones are close and work together, an injury to one will affect the other even if only one is broken.

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What are the Symptoms of a Forearm Fracture?

While pain may be the first symptom of a forearm fracture, it is far from the only symptom. Other symptoms our leading orthopedic doctors will check for include:

  • Swelling in the forearm, wrist, or hand
  • Deformity in the arm or wrist
  • Pain that gets worse with movement
  • Inability to use the arm normally
  • Bruising or warmth in the forearm
  • Numbness or tingling in the hand

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit our orthopedic walk-in clinic for emergency orthopedic care in Kansas City, MO.

Are All Forearm Fractures the Same?

There are different types of forearm fractures. Some types of fractures include:

  • Galeazzi Fracture: This fracture occurs when the radius breaks, but the ulna does not.
  • Plastic Deformation: This injury is common in children and happens when a bone bows but doesn’t break. The bone remains in the deformed position.
  • Monteggia Fracture: Typically, this injury presents as a fracture to the ulna and a dislocation of the radius at the elbow.
  • Nightstick Fracture: This fracture occurs when the ulna breaks, but the radius remains intact.

A visit with an orthopedic specialist is necessary to determine what type of fracture you have.

How are Forearm Fractures Treated?

All forearm fractures require medical treatment. If a fracture is suspected, placing the arm in a sling or splint is important until an exam can be performed. There are many different treatment options for a fractured forearm which include but are not limited to:

  • A cast for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Forearm fracture surgery to manipulate displaced bones and possibly the use of screws, pins, wire, and plates to hold the bones together
  • Physical therapy after surgery or casting is necessary to help strengthen and increase the mobility of the joints around the forearm

Typical treatment for broken bones includes an x-ray and cast. If surgery is needed, you can trust the top-rated orthopedic surgeons in Kansas City to offer the highest level of care.

Can Forearm Fractures be Prevented?

While no one can prevent broken bones due to the unpredictable nature of accidents, you can help reduce the risk of a forearm fracture through simple precautions. Wear protective sports equipment such as wrist or forearm guards when participating in physical activity. If needed, take calcium and vitamin D supplements to strengthen bones. Both women and men should talk to their doctors about osteoporosis as they near 70 and their risk increases. Schedule an appointment for more information.

In Need of a Forearm Fracture Specialist?

Contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City for an appointment or visit our Orthopedic Walk-in Urgent Care Clinic. Our top-rated Orthopedic doctors will assess your injury and plan a course of treatment to get you back to the activities you love.