Sacramento Forearm Fracture Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Forearm Fracture Lawyer. Even within the realm of arm injuries, many different bones can be broken. A forearm fracture is one of the most common types of fractures seen in the medical community, however, they can vary widely in their scope and severity. Patients who have suffered a fracture in their forearm should ensure that they understand some basic information before moving forward with their recovery process.What Defines a Fracture of the Forearm?
The forearm is made up of two different, smaller bones called the radius and ulna. The radius is the larger of the two bones, with the ulna being the smaller one. Both bones start at the elbow and run down the forearm towards the hand. Both the radius and the ulna make up a large percentage of all bone fractures. A fracture of either of these bones is called a forearm fracture. Important statistics published by the American Academy of Family Physicians include:
- Upper extremity fractures lead to over two million visits to the emergency room every year.
- About a third of these visits are for fractures of the radius or ulna.
- Nearly half of these visits are due to fractures of the hand or fingers.
- The most common mechanism of action is via a fall injury.
There are many different ways that someone could suffer a forearm bone fracture, however, the most common mechanism is to fall on an outstretched hand. When people know that they are about to fall, they will reflexively extend their arms to protect themselves against abdominal or chest trauma. When this happens, the force from the ground is transmitted through the hands and into the forearm. This could be enough to cause a fracture in one or both of the bones in the forearm. People can also sustain this type of traumatic injury in a bicycle accident, through a crush injury, or via direct trauma in an auto accident.The Diagnosis of a Forearm Fracture
The diagnosis of a forearm fracture is completed using a combination of the history of the injury, the physical exam, and imaging modalities.
- History: The physician is going to ask the patients to describe how they injured themselves and when the various symptoms started to appear. The timeline is critical to establish a proper diagnosis.
- Physical: Then, the doctor will perform a physical exam of the area. The physician will check for swelling and pain in the area in addition to looking for any color changes or bleeding. The doctor may also ask the patient to perform hand and arm movements to see if there is a divot in the bones, or a decreased range of motion in the forearm, supporting a fracture diagnosis.
- Imaging: Finally, the physician will also order imaging scans, such as an x-ray, to look at the bones directly. If there is a fracture, the exact location can be seen, and a treatment plan can be discussed.
The treatment of a forearm fracture is going to depend on the severity of the injury. For each patient that comes in, pain control and injury stability will be addressed. Important treatment components include:
Pain Management: Pain could be controlled using anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain is particularly severe, such as with a displaced fracture, narcotics could be needed.
Stability: The injury will need to be stabilized. This could be done temporarily using a splint or a sling. The imaging will reveal whether or not the fracture has been displaced. If it has been displaced, the fracture will require surgery so that the bones can be put back in the proper location.
Casting: Once the bones have been placed into the proper alignment, the patient will be set in a cast. This will be in place for several weeks and will immobilize the forearm, allowing the bones to heal properly. After the cast comes off, people will feel stiff. This is because the muscles may have deteriorated while in the cast. Some people benefit from physical therapy to restore the range of motion of their forearm.
Watch YouTube Video: Broken Wrist Exercises after Taking off Cast (wrist & forearm). In this video, physical therapists Brad Heineck and Bob Schrupp demonstrate some exercises that you can do after a cast is removed from a wrist or forearm fracture.Complications of a Forearm Fracture
There are some complications that patients need to be aware of. Examples include:
- Nerve damage that comes from possible bone fragments slicing the nerves.
- Blood vessel damage from possible tears of the arteries and veins.
- Infection risks that come with open fractures or surgical procedures.
- Malunion that comes from potential delays in diagnosis or improper placement of the bones in the operating room.
All of these problems could cause someone to spend extra time in the hospital, return to the operating room, or suffer from long-term disability in their forearm.Contact a Caring Forearm Fracture Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Forearm Fracture Lawyer. Bone fractures that have occurred in either the radius or the ulna are considered forearm fractures. Any patient who has suffered a forearm fracture should give a member of my team or me a call for free, friendly legal advice. We can be reached at (916)921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.
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