Fractures of the Forearm

What is a forearm fracture?

The forearm is a complex structure. It consists of two bones (radius and ulna) that run from the elbow to the wrist. There are muscles overlying these bones which are responsible for movement of the elbow, wrist, hand and fingers. There are also joints within the forearm that allow twisting at the wrist - for example, for turning the car keys in an ignition.

When the forearm is fractured, it can be due to a break in either, or both, of the forearm bones - the radius and ulna. The type of treatment required depends on a number of factors, including where the bones are broken, whether they have moved from their original position, and whether they have broken through the skin.


26 April, 2012