About Broken/Fractured Arm Injuries

About Broken/Fractured Arm Injuries

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Broken Arm FracturesBroken arms are one the most common injuries. Children, adolescents and adults can all suffer arm fracture injuries. Arm fractures account for approximately 50 percent of all the bone fractures that occur on a yearly basis. Often times these injuries are caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Great amounts of force are required in order for any of the arm bones to fracture.

There are a countless number of causes.  Car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents are some the most common causes because these accidents are capable of producing great amounts of force which is needed to create a fracture injury.  Slip or trip and fall accidents are also frequent causes of fractured arm bones. These injuries are usually very painful and recovery can take many weeks to several months depending on the nature and location of the fracture. If you or your son, daughter, husband or wife have suffered a broken bone as the result of another person’s negligence or carelessness then call our attorneys today and schedule a free consultation.

The arm is a very complicated structure and is capable of lifting and carrying great amounts of weights and bending in all types of directions. We rely heavily on our arms. Our arms play a major role in helping us perform some of our basic daily functions. They also allows us to swing a golf club, shoot a basketball and perform some of the many other activities that complex motions and precise.

The arm consists of three bones and two joints. All these parts play an important role in helping the arm function. Without the proper care or treatment an injury to one area can result in complications that will affect to entire are.

Upper Arm

  • The humerus bone is located in the upper arm and it is the largest bone in the arm. The shoulder joint connects to the top of the humerus while the elbow joint connects to the bottom of the humerus. Click on the link to read more about humerus fractures.

Lower Arm

  • The bottom of the humerus connects to two other bones at the elbow to create the forearm. The radius bone meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint and runs down the outside of the arm where the thumb is located. The ulna bone also meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint but it runs down the inside of the arm down to the pinky finger. Click on the link to read more about elbow fractures or wrist and forearm fractures.

There are several types of fractures. Each fracture produces different symptoms and requires different treatment. Each fracture is unique:

  • A closed or simple fracture is a break that doesn’t pierce or disrupt the skin. These are the most common fractures and are fairly easy to treat.
  • Compression fractures usually occur in the thoracic or lumbar spine. People with osteoporosis are very susceptible to this type of fracture.
  • A comminuted fracture is like a shattered bone. This fracture occurs when the bone shatters or splits into several pieces.
  • A break occurring in the radius bone near the wrist is known as a colle’s fracture and it is the most common arm fracture
  • An open or compound fracture is a break pierces through the skin. This fracture may break through the skin at first and then retreat back underneath the surface of the skin. A bone that has broken through the skin is exposed to harmful contaminants that exist outside the body. This creates a high risk of deep bone infection which could require surgery, the administration of antibiotics and removal of dead tissue.

Diagnosis

It is important to make sure a broken arm is properly diagnosed because the diagnosis often determines the course of treatment. Pain, swelling and limited range of motion are symptoms that can indicate a broken bone. However, diagnostic testing in the form of an X-Ray, MRI or CT-scan is required in order to determine the location and extent of the break. Most emergency room patients brought in from the scene of a car, truck or other roadway accident will almost always undergo a CT-scan.

Treatment

The doctor will determine the proper course of treatment once the injury has been properly diagnosed. The type of fracture and the location are most important factors when determining the type of treatment. Treatment can range anywhere from a sling or cast to a surgical procedure requiring the installation of metal rods and screws.

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