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Broken Arm (cont.)

Broken Arm Prevention

There are two main ways to help prevent a broken arm.

  • Wear appropriate personal safety equipment as protection. Wearing car seat belts, using wrist guards for in-line skating and skateboarding, and wearing appropriate pads for contact sports are all good ways to prevent bone fractures.
  • Prevent and treat osteoporosis-the disease causing bone loss especially in older women. These women tend to have more fractures as they age. In this group, the use of calcium supplements and estrogen replacement would help to reduce the number of fractures resulting from weakened bones. The best treatment for osteoporosis is prevention. This is best done early in life by building stronger bones through a good diet and exercise. Women of all ages should discuss techniques for prevention and treatment of ongoing osteoporosis with their doctor.

Broken Arm Prognosis

The majority of fractures heal and normal arm movement is restored.

Many of these factors based on the individual injury and medical history may determine the final outcome of a broken bone:

  • Earlier treatment usually improves results.
  • Fractures in younger children and adolescents tend to heal better.
  • Fractures that have multiple breaks, involve a joint, have open wounds, or become infected could have healing complications.
  • Older adults have increased chance of losing some ability or movement in the broken arm.
  • Chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes may slow the healing process.
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
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