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Forearm Condition

Radius Fractures

Radius fractures are breaks in the radius bone, which is one of the two bones in the forearm. These injuries often occur from a fall onto an outstretched hand which causes the bone to bend and break. Treatment depends on the type and location of the radius fracture, but can involve casting or surgery.

Ulna Fractures

Ulna fractures occur when the ulna bone in the forearm breaks. These fractures may be closed (the bone does not break through the skin) or open (the bone pierces the skin). Treatment depends on the type and location of the fracture. It may include casting, surgery with plates and screws, or external fixation.

Ligament Injury

A ligament injury occurs when one of the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones together at a joint is damaged. Such injuries are usually caused by sudden movements that overstretch the ligament, as well as repeated small stresses. Symptoms of a ligament injury include pain, joint instability, tenderness, swelling, and bruising around the injured joint.