Symptoms and Signs of 10 Broken Arm Facts: Symptoms, Treatment, and Pain Relief

Doctor's Notes on 10 Broken Arm Facts: Symptoms, Treatment, and Pain Relief

A broken arm (fractured arm) means that one or more of the bones of the arm (the humerus, radius, and ulna) have cracked. Arm fractures account for nearly half of all broken bones in adults, and in children, forearm fractures of are second only to broken collarbones. Almost all arm injuries that result in a broken bone are caused by either falls or direct trauma such as a car accident or sports injuries.

Symptoms of a broken arm include extreme pain and increased pain when moving the arm, swelling, deformity when compared to the other arm, possible open wound either from the bone puncturing the skin or from the skin being cut during the injury, and decreased sensation or inability to move the limb, which may indicate nerve damage.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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