A forearm fracture is a crack or break in one or both of the 2 bones in your lower arm. The 2 bones are the:
A forearm fracture usually happens from:
When the arm is broken, you may hear a snapping or popping sound. Symptoms may include:
Your provider will ask about the symptoms and how the injury happened. He or she will examine your child. Your child will have X-rays of the arm.
A child's bones are different from an adult’s bones in a couple ways. A child’s bones are more flexible and may crack rather than break. Or they may just buckle slightly. Also, the bones are still growing from areas near the ends of the bones called growth plates. A fracture in a growth plate may affect the growth of the bone but it may be hard to see with X-rays. Sometimes special tests are needed to diagnose fractures in the growth plate.
The treatment depends on the type of fracture. If the broken bone is crooked, your healthcare provider will straighten it. Your child will be given some medicine first so the straightening is not painful. Sometimes surgery is needed to put the bones back into the correct position.
The injured arm may be put in a splint or cast to keep it from moving while it heals.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests. Call your healthcare provider if:
Most forearm fractures are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent.