Forearm Fractures in Children
Of all the fractures that happen in children, the forearm bones are the most common. This is because it is a natural reaction for children (and adults!) to break a fall by reaching out with their arms. This action tends to make the forearm bear the brunt of the force. Doing this makes the two bones in the forearm, the radius and ulna, prone to fracturing.
Injuries vary in severity, often depending on the nature of the trauma. Sometimes only one of the bones is broken (radius or ulna), sometimes both bones are broken. Sometimes the bone is broken close to the elbow, and sometimes it happens close to the wrist. Children are unique in that their bones are still growing, and doctors are careful to establish whether a fracture has gone through the area that the bone grows from (growth plate).
All fractures are serious, but the way individual forearm fractures are managed depends on the specific type of injury. Some can be treated with a cast, but some may require an operation to fix.