What is it?
When a bone breaks or cracks, the injury is called a fracture. The three bones in the arm are the humerus, radius and ulna and a fracture most often occurs in the long and slender shaft of one of the three arm bones.
What are the symptoms?
Signs of a broken arm or wrist include: severe pain and tenderness bruising and swelling difficulty moving the hand or arm the wrist or arm being an odd shape a snap or grinding noise at the time of injury bleeding (if the bone has damaged the skin) – sometimes the bone may poke through the skin tingling and numbness
- If you have a bleeding wound, then stop it by applying pressure to the a clean pad or dressing if possible until you reach the emergency department
- Apply an ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the ankle if one is easily available
- If your child has injured their arm or wrist, try to get someone else to drive so you can support and comfort them.
- Do Weight-bearing exercises like brisk walking, to make bones strong
- Take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone strength
- Avoid moving the affected arm as much as possible – it may help to support it in a sling that goes under the arm and around the neck
- Don’t eat or drink anything in case you need surgery to fix the ankle when you get to hospital
- Quit smoking
Things to watch out for
You should immediately go to Accident or Emergency department or call 000 because fracture needs to be treated in the hospital with plaster cast, splint ot other supportive materials. It usually takes about 4-8 weeks to heal