Evaluation

How will my fracture be evaluated?

First aid evaluation consists of inspecting the limb. A fracture would be assumed if the limb is severely painful, if the hand cannot be moved, or the forearm rotated or if the limb is deformed. A sling is usually sufficient splintage for transport to hospital.

In the Emergency Room assessment will include establishing the history and mechanism of injury, looking at the arm (inspection), and palpation (gently feeling it) for tender points . X-ray examination will be undertaken if there is suspicion of fracture of the forearm. In most situations an orthopedic surgeon will be consulted if a forearm fracture is confirmed by x-ray. The orthopedic evaluation will focus on the anatomy of the fracture, the patient's expectations, and a plan for treatment. There are no special tests usually employed in this situation, other than x-ray.

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