Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Forearm Injuries & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

The specialized medical staff at Hand Microsurgery are experienced in treating the upper extremities, including the forearm. The forearm is made up of two bones, the radius and ulna, along with a variety of muscles that are located on the outside and inside of the arm below the elbow. These muscles work together to control the movement of the hand and wrist. The forearm flexor muscles curl the hand down and forward while the extensor muscles curl the hand back up.

Forearm Fractures

Forearm bones can break in several ways whether it cracks slightly or it breaks into many pieces. In some cases, the bone will break in such a way that bone fragments stick out through the skin or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone. This is called an open fracture and requires immediate medical attention because of the risk for infection. Since it takes an extremely strong force to break the radius or ulna in the middle of the bone, more often than not adults break both bones during a forearm injury. The ulna is usually the bone to break when only a single bone is broken.

A few of the main symptoms people experience with a broken forearm include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to rotate arm
  • Numbness or weakness in the fingers or wrist

A broken forearm usually results in immediate pain and an obvious deformity, if both bones are involved, by appearing bent and shorter than your other arm. You will most likely need to support your broken arm with the other arm. Treatment of forearm fractures usually involves casting procedures since it is crucial to put the broken pieces back into position and keep them from moving until completely healed.

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