Forearm Fractures

Forearm fractures are a break in both of the bones, the radius and ulna, which make up the forearm. The most common causes for this fracture are sports injuries and falls in which there is a direct blow to the forearm or a twist of the arm beyond its typical range of motion. Symptoms of a forearm fracture include pain, swelling, tenderness, and deformity in the arm, hand, and wrist.

Symptoms

A forearm fracture is caused in both children and adults and typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the arm.   This injury may also cause numbness or weakness in the fingers or wrist areas.

Diagnosis 

These injuries typically occur due to a traumatic incident.  Dr. Louis will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your arm injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history.

He may also utilized diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition.

Treatment

A forearm fracture almost always requires surgery to fix the two broken bones. Without surgery, the forearm is unstable and there is no way to cast this injury to heal correctly. In surgical treatment, Dr. Louis approaches each bone separately by making two incisions in the forearm to apply a metal plate and screws on both the radius and ulna bones.