What symptoms do forearm fractures cause?

Pain and tenderness immediately following an accident are the commonest symptoms of a fractured forearm. The pain is made worse if the forearm is moved or rotated and may be partly relieved by splinting the limb. Deformity of the forearm is common following this type of fracture and there is immediate loss of hand function. You can no longer lift things or grip them with any strength. The forearm is often bruised and swollen. In some severe injuries there may be a wound where the broken bone end has come through the skin. Numbness of the hand is an indication that a nerve to the hand may have been injured at the time of the fracture.


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