A forearm fracture is a break or crack in one or both of the bones in your lower arm. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
The 2 bones of the lower arm are the radius and ulna.
A broken arm is often caused by a fall or a direct hit to the arm. A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the arm get stronger and more flexible. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your child’s healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Most broken arms are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. For sports where there is a high risk of falling, such as skateboarding or hoverboarding, always wear protective equipment.