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Broken Arm (cont.)

Broken Arm Causes

Almost all injuries to the arm that result in a broken bone are caused in two ways: falls and direct trauma.

  • The typical fall that produces a fracture occurs when a person falls on an outstretched hand. The location of the fracture can be from the wrist up to the shoulder depending on the direction of the fall, the age of the person, and other factors that modify the stresses applied to the bone.
  • Direct trauma can be from a direct blow from an object such as a bat, the trauma during a car accident, or any accident that causes the direct application of force to a part of the arm.
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