What Are Forearm Fractures? 

The forearm is primarily responsible for rotating itself, the wrist, and hand—turning the palm upwards and downwards. It also helps bend and straighten the elbow. The two bones of the forearm are the radius and ulna. Either can be fractured by:
  • A direct blow
  • A fall on an outstretched arm
  • A blow sustained during a collision accident
Fractures are typically categorized based on the region in which they occur.
  • Distal fractures are those that are nearest the wrist
  • Midshaft fractures are those seen in the middle of the forearm
  • Proximal fractures are those that are nearest the elbow
Although each fracture is different, the goals of both nonsurgical and surgical treatment are the same.

How Are Forearm Fractures Treated?

Nonsurgical treatment of forearm fractures consists of immobilization in a splint or cast. While immobilized, the fractured bone is able to heal. Surgical treatment of forearm fractures involves the reduction and fixation of the fractured bone using a small plate and screws.