Forearm Fractures

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Fractures to the Forearm

Often, fractures to the forearm are lumped together with wrist or elbow fractures.  The forearm is the area of your arm between the elbow and wrist.  Fractures can occur to either the radius or the ulna bones.  The humerus is the larger bone in the upper arm.  The humerus, radius and ulna make up the elbow joint.

Anatomy of Normal Human Arm Bone

Image of anatomy of arm

Quite often, the two bones of the forearm have broken bones at the same time.  This usually occurs from a rotational force on the arm or from a fall.   A deformity of the bone is the easiest way to tell that you have a broken bone.  Such as a bone sticking out or nearly sticking out of the skin. However, not all forearm fractures have an obvious deformity.  It is so important to see a physician to determine if you have a broken forearm.

Sometimes these arm fractures need surgery to stabilize the fracture.  Surgery would require plates and screws to provide stability to the bone fractures.  JOI has several physicians who treat fractures to the forearm, wrist, hand and shoulder.

Fractures to these forearm bones usually occurs with falling on an outstretched arm.

Fractured Forearm on X-ray

x-ray film of a fracture to the forearm

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The image above is a classic forearm fracture where the radius and the ulna both have fractures.  Due to the displacement on the bones in this image, this would need a surgical repair   Therefore, to learn more about this condition and other wrist conditions, go to: Fractures of the WristBones in the Wrist and Painful Wrist. 

If you think you have fracture, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.  JOI has several orthopedic physicians who specialize in the treatment of the forearm.  Finally, our phone number is 904-JOI-2000, or schedule online or follow the link below.

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