Proper treatment can prevent long-term complications or problems with the forearm. Treatment will depend on how serious the fracture is, but may include:
Extra support may be needed to protect, support, and keep the forearm in line while it heals. Supportive steps may include a splint, brace, or cast. A sling may be necessary to help stabilize the arm.
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to separate. The doctor will put these pieces back into their proper place. This may be done:
Without surgery—anesthesia will decrease pain while the doctor moves the pieces back into place
With surgery—pins, screws, plates, or wires may be needed to reconnect the pieces and hold them in place
Children’s bones are still growing at an area of the bone called the growth plate. If the fracture affected the growth plate, a specialist may be needed. Injuries to the growth plate will need to be monitored to make sure the bone can continue to grow as expected.
Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be needed to relieve discomfort and swelling.
Physical therapy or rehabilitation may be needed to improve range-of-motion and strengthen the forearm.
To help reduce your chance of a forearm fracture, take these steps:
Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the bone.
Always wear a seatbelt when driving or riding in a car.
and strengthening exercises
regularly to build strong bones.
Wear proper padding and safety equipment when participating in sports or activities.
To help reduce falling hazards at work and home, take these steps:
Clean spills and slippery areas right away.
Remove tripping hazards such as loose cords, rugs, and clutter.
Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or tub.
Put in handrails on both sides of stairways.
Walk only in well-lit rooms, stairs, and halls.
Keep flashlights on hand in case of a power outage.
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